|Violets. Photo: Nikolay Dimitrov.|
"A pot pourri, as it is called, if properly made up, forms an elegant and beautiful perfume, though it costs some months to complete. You should begin it while the violets are in bloom, as they add greatly to its excellence. There are, however, plenty of flowers that are available. Get a china jar four or six inches deep, with cover. Prepare layers of damask and other sweet-scented rose-leaves and buds, also layers of orange-flowers, if you can obtain them, jessamine, lavender-flowers, clove-pinks, sweet-scented stocks, marjoram, orange-mint, lemon-thyme, balm of Gilead, and rosemary. Have some orris-root sliced, and the outer part of the rind of Seville oranges. Have also a few cloves reduced to powder, and small quantities of benjamin, storax, and musk, and some bay salt, all in fine powder. Mix the powders and the salt well together; then put a layer of leaves, as you collect them, into your jar, sprinkling each layer with a portion of the powders, and so proceed till your jar is nearly full; stir all together now and then, press firmly down, and cover close. When the cover is taken off in a warm room, a very agreeable scent will be diffused."
|Carnations, or Clove-pinks.|