- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Cool Springs Press (May 8, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760359393
- ISBN-13: 978-0760359396
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
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Growing Heirloom Flowers: Bring the Vintage Beauty of Heritage Blooms to Your Modern Garden Hardcover – May 8, 2018
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Most heirloom plants are, by their very nature, easygoing individuals. But perhaps you’re new at gardening or maybe you’d like to dip your toes into the pond of heirloom flowers to test the waters. Or maybe you only have weekends available for gardening.
Introduction: An Heirloom Flower Revival
Fashion dictates everything. All it takes is one or two trendsetters to spot something that tickles their fancy— they parade it around publicly, and voilà! The rest of us are soon following suit, running around like goats in a spring rain.
Well, hallelujah, flower gardens have once again come into vogue and heirlooms are now celebrating their day in the sun! Not to worry about fleeting trends in this case. Flower gardening is just beginning to hit its stride, and the heirloom flower resurgence is in its infancy, headed for a long and healthy life.
We have Italy to thank for the “slow food” movement, and this undoubtedly paved the way for the “slow flower” movement. We, the people, are finally embracing local, sustainable, and quality everything. We’re once again growing our own flowers for our own homes.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the matriarchs—the vintage flowers of our past—are calling to us. As a huge flower fan, I truly appreciate cultivars of all kinds, even the brand-new, shiny varieties. But it’s the club-of-plants-past that holds the flowers of my heart. This book is all about the old-fashioned flowers that connect yesterday’s gardeners to today’s gardeners and most assuredly to tomorrow’s gardeners.
How To Make A Rose And Lavender Body Scrub
Among the limitless number of beauty potions created using heirloom flowers, body scrubs are one of
1 Pour the sugar into a large bowl. Add the coconut oil on top of the sugar.
2 Add the lavender essential oil drops on top of the coconut oil, then add the dried lavender buds to the bowl.
3 Add the rose petals by tearing them into a pleasing size. Drop the petals into the sugar mixture and stir until everything is well blended.
4 Scoop your body scrub into an airtight container. Scrubs with fresh ingredients such as flower petals will last in an airtight jar for about 2 weeks.
5 To use, apply a generous amount of scrub to wet skin and rub it onto your body in a circular motion. Rinse off.
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- Large glass bowl
- ½ cup + 1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
- 10–12 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 teaspoons dried lavender flower buds
- Rose petals (one or two roses)
- Spoon (or small scoop) for stirring and scooping
- Airtight jar
How To Make Frozen Flower Ice Cubes
Flowers suspended in ice are simple and beautiful—a must‑have for the garden party.
1 In order to make the flowers look like they are suspended inside the ice cubes, you need to create them in layers. Start by filling your ice trays about one-fourth of the way with water. To make the first layer of flowers, place them so they are facing down inside the tray. Freeze the trays.
2 Once that first layer is frozen, add more water to fill the cubes about halfway. Freeze the tray.
3 When that layer is frozen, fill the cubes the rest of the way up and add flowers facing up this time. Freeze the tray.
Boiling the water removes the air bubbles and gases, producing clearer ice cubes. If you were hoping for crystal clear ice cubes like those served in upscale bars, I’m going to tell you the cold, hard truth. You’re not getting those at home. Those diamond-shiny\ bad boys are produced slowly by a special (expensive) ice machine and then someone hand cuts them individually. You don’t need that. You’ve got orthodontist bills to pay and a party to set up.
- Ice cube trays (I like the silicone types)
- Distilled water (boiled and cooled)
- Edible flowers from organically grown plants (we don’t want to use flowers that have been sprayed with chemicals)
About the Author
Chris McLaughlin has been gardening for over 35 years and is the co-founder of northern California's Laughing Crow & Company Flower & Fiber Farm. She has authored seven gardening books and has written for From Scratch magazine, About.com, and VegetableGardener.com. In print, her work can be found in such magazines as Heirloom Gardener, Urban Farm, Hobby Farm Home, Herb Companion, and Fine Gardening.
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Affordable price on Amazon, and is very informative.The displays of beautiful pictures and descriptions of each flower are so informative, even to a novice like me!
I was enthused by the book upon immediate turning of the first page.It was like reading Alice in Wonderland. It walks you through, with smiles and wonderment of this authors wit..... and... its so enchanting you just can't put it down.
I really enjoyed this book I just want to read it over!
Thanks for another cool book on my kind of subject!!
Not a book for hiding on a bookshelf but out where it can be seen!!
Love it! 💕