Create Your Own Herbal Posies

TUSSIE MUSSIES

Since the move to the country, my family and I now have the space to enjoy a cute country garden scattered with fresh herbs and produce to include in our culinary delights and my botanical beauty recipes. 

Fresh herbs can also create gorgeous and aromatic posies to feature as a fragrant centerpiece on the dinning table, they also make beautiful and aromatic gifts. I don’t know if it’s just me, but how special do you feel when someone has taken the time out of their hectic schedule to personally make something just for you .

In the Victorian era, according to author Tessa Evelegh of the book Herb Crafts- an admirer would send his love a tussie mussie. The language of herbs and flowers was carefully studied and many courtships made progress through sending and receiving (nosegays), tussie mussies.

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The fragrant composition was usually significant with each flower and herb having a symbolic meaning- romantic and sentimental meanings were naturally chosen.

Below is a list of plants and their symbolic meanings; -

THE LANGUAGE of PLANTS
Acacia (wattle) Secret Love Angelica Inspiration
Basil Good Wishes Bay Nobility, Victroy
Chamomile Patience Daisy Innocence, Agreeable
Freesia Affection Fennel Strength
Geranium, Scarlet Comfort Honeysuckle Generosity
Iris Trust Ivy Fidelity
Jasmine Harmony Lavender Luck
Lemon Balm Sympathy Lemon Blossom Fidelity
Lemon Verbena Enchantment Lilac First Love
Lily of the Valley Return of Happiness Majoram Honour and Happiness
Orange Blossom Generoisty, Marriage Pansy Thoughts
Parsley Festivity Rose Love,Fidelity
Rosemary Rememberance Sage Health, Immortality
Thyme Courange Violet Faithfulness, humility
Wormwood Absence    

HOW TO CREATE A TUSSIE MUSSIE

INGREDIENTS

+Use any aromatic plant material, pesticide free, scented foliage and aromatic herbs.

 

EQUIPTMENT

+Garden Scissors

+Gardening Gloves

+Recycled Jars, Vase

+Rope, Ribbon.  

 

METHOD

+Pick herbs and flowers mid morning, after the dew has dried, but before the aroma has been dissipated by the hot sun.

 

+Commence with an important flower at the center and in a circle, arrange other flowers around it.

 

+Large fragrant leaves are lovely for the outer layer.

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TIP

Create miniature tussie mussies for houseguests, and leave upon a pillowcase, or on top of linen and towels for guests to admire and smell the sweet aromatic aroma.