Everything has a time, and a season, bringing us into the moment, inviting us to more deeply appreciate what’s before us. We harvested the very last rose from our rose bush yesterday. If the roses were always blooming, I surely wouldn’t appreciate them as much. Knowing their time is fleeting makes me pause to breathe deeply and savor their scent.
We also collect the rose petals. Last year I shared about making Rose Petal Water. We made it again this year, loving it, savoring each sip. We also did something new this year- we dried rose petals for the first time. Now we can enjoy the magic of the roses for a bit longer. I’m looking forward to making tea with the colorful petals, and B has already made some delicious (and beautiful) kitchen creations with the addition of blended up rose petals. Simply looking at our jar of rose petals in the kitchen makes me happy.
I thought I would write about this today to share this bit of rose inspiration with you, and ask for some rose inspiration from you as well. Have you ever made anything with rose petals? I’m curious to learn more recipes to make with rose petals, I’ve heard of making jam with them and it sounds amazing. I’m also curious to learn about different kinds of roses, wondering what would thrive in our Pacific Northwest climate (in the coastal range with very rainy winters.) If you have anything to share on growing roses, making things with the petals, or what you’ve learned about the different types- let me know, it’s always fun to hear from you.