Preserving Summer


This everlasting wreath, featuring dried peonies, hangs in the sitting room.  It is one of the unique gifts available only at the Farm Grove Collectables Christmas Open House, Saturday, November 21.  I fashion the wreaths from herbs grown exclusively in the Farm Grove herb garden.

Dried herbal wreaths such as this capture the scents and blooms of the summer garden in an unforgettable way.  The showy flowers rest on a background of artemesias:  ghost plant, silver queen and silver king.  Dried purple oregano blooms are an unexpected touch of heathery texture and color.  The soft celedon green of dried hydrangea creates a central band and sets off the pink and white peony blossoms.  To dry peonies, cut them JUST when they open.  They will dry one-third their size. 

If you are near Groveland, Illinois, on the 21st of November, visit our Christmas Open House, “A Christmas To Remember,” in our restored dairy barn.  It is our last open house–and our best.



About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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