Put in a Nutshell – A Year of Sundays #1

I’ve been experimenting with a new technique for extracting the scent of garden flowers. Enfleurage captures the scent of flowers by pressing fragrant petals into fats or oil. Since I find the scent of organic coconut oil pleasant I’ve been using it to draw out the fragrance.

The photograph shows some petals of ‘Old Spice’ Sweet Peas in the process of enfleurage. I chose a simple method and press petals in oil between two plates. So far, I’ve tried lilac, heliotrope, sweet peas, and lavender. You can find a detailed description of enfleurage here: Enfleurage

Every morning I read Charles Stanley’s daily devotional. This week, the devotional on love and war really rang true for me. Dr Stanley writes an easy to understand explanation on why war between good and evil on this earth is sometimes necessary, but personal battles between people and revenge is not. You can read the devotional here:
Love and War

I finished reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. The historical facts were staggering. I knew of some of the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime against Polish citizens, but I had no idea of the medical experiments on their women.

Seven Black Swallowtails emerged from their chrysalis this week. I caught the first glimpse of this one on video. I’m happy to tell you he/she waited for its wings to dry, and then flew over the roof into the morning sunshine.

I’m harvesting cucumbers and they are delicious!

Flowers blooming in the garden.

Thanks for reading! God bless your week.

18 thoughts on “Put in a Nutshell – A Year of Sundays #1

    1. Timelesslady

      Michele, I think you will love the results. Even after one pressing I can smell the scent of the flowers. So much fun using things I already had on hand.

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  1. Timelesslady

    It really works! I was shocked at the ease of this technique. Even after the first pressing the oil retained some scent.


  2. Timelesslady

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ve been having fun with the enfleurage. I wander my yard smelling everything in hopes of finding beautiful scents. I think I’m going to try a few rose geranium leaves next.


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