All it took was a couple of days of much-needed sunshine
to coax the bloom.
Planting bulbs are an act of faith and a tangible hope.
Something to look forward to during the long, cold winter.
Old Man Winter has tried very hard to hold on,
as we've had some late-season snows in the last
couple of weeks.
Fortunately it hasn't lasted long!
Dreaming of wildflowers, singing birds and warm sunshine.
Tansy is a perennial wildflower/herb that I grow in my gardens.
The leaves have a pungent scent that is wonderful for moth sachets,
and the yellow, button flowers dry beautifully for arrangements and wreaths.
They are tall, invasive and rangy, so they need their own bed or a back corner.
I cut the stalks close to the ground and strip the leaves in early fall,
as soon as the flowers go to seed, saving the seed-heads for planting in spring.
I dry the leaves in wicker baskets in a cool, dim room,
turning them once a day until dry - about 2-3 weeks.
From there I strip the tiny stalks from the leaves.
Now the leaves are ready for sachets.
I found these glass-towels in the paint section
of the home-goods store. Apparently, they make
good paint rags! The fabric is perfect for sachets, as
they have a loose weave. Plus, I love how vintage it looks.
I made cardboard templates in 3 graduated sizes:
5x6, 5x4, and 4x3, and cut out the doubled fabric and
sewed around 3 sides.
I used equal amounts of lavender buds and tansy to fill the sachets.
Both are wonderful insect repellents and are great
for pantries and clothing storage.
They look charming with blanket-stitch edging,
bundled up with string.
Some gatherings for a woodland potpourri.