I regularly see bunches of roses marked down at the supermarket to next to nothing, and I used to think 'who'd buy those...they'll be dead tomorrow!'. Well now I know who....me...and you...because this is the most gorgeous way to use them.
They don't have to have a scent either, because they mainly make your potpourri look pretty, so choose colours you love. The more vibrant the better because they will fade over time.
Strip them of their leaves, tie some kitchen string or ribbon around them, and hang them upside down somewhere for a couple of weeks until they're crisp and bone dry. You end up with these lavish looking multi coloured dried rosebuds, or petals, depending on what you purchased.
This was clearly a bunch of roses featuring a variety of colours, and I just adore the combination of the fiery orange, delicate mauve, deep burgundy and pastel cream and pink.
You see lots of complicated recipes for Potpourri on the net and in crafting books, but I've always found that a simple combination of dried lavender and dried roses or rose petals, gently tossed together, with a little essential oil to freshen it occasionally, is all you really need.
Displayed in a little vintage sugar bowl or sweet dish, or with a gauzy lace tie and a pretty card, it's a sweet gift for next to nix...
....it's also very pretty scooped into organza bags for gifting or tying on doorknobs or looping over coathangers.
What's not to like?