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The Book of Potpourri
Fragrant flower mixes for scenting & decorating the home
by Penny Black
Photography by Geoff Dann
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Copyright 1989 

Using flowers for their scent and for personal decoration began centuries ago with the strewing of fragrant petals across the floor to scent the home and wearing of nosegays both as perfumed decoration and to ward off the plague.  The art of making and using potpourri was born soon after.


Today recipes abound for potpourri of all kinds of perfume and many different color combinations.  The Book of Potpourri highlights the diversity and beauty of these fragrant flower mixes -- from a traditional rose potpourri to a modern mix such as pepermint potpourri.  The author offers a wealth of exquisite ideas for displaying potpourri, providing tips on matching the colors and textures of a fragrant flower mixture to the style and color of the container.


Traditionally used to scent linens and clothes, potpourri was more often than not hidden from sight, covered in fabric or concealed in china or baskets.  In this sumptuous book, the author explains how to make a wide range of perfumed sachets, pillows, cushions, and pomanders -- all ideal gifts -- and suggests mixes that might be used within them.


Beginning with gathering the fragrant flowers, The Book of Potpourri takes you step-by-step through the processes of making potpourri,  Both hangdrying and drying flat are explained, and the effects of drying on different types of plant material are shown.  The author discusses the merits of both the dry and moist methods of making potpourri, which are clearly illustrated in step-by-step photographs.  The book also includes a photographic catalog of the flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, herbs, spices, fruits, fixatives, essential oils, and preservatives that can be used in potpourri, with explanations of their varying effects on the scent and appearance of the final mixture.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover is lightly discolored and shows a bit of edge wear.  Binding is starting to split in places throughout the book.


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