Are you ready for compliments on the way your home smells? With this DIY scented sticks with Cambria and tuberose, you can bring the smell of winter into your home in 4 simple steps. This way you don’t only enjoy the lovely smells of this season outside, but also inside.
Scented sticks with Cambria
By making your own home fragrance and – where possible – using items and ingredients that you already have at home, you are not only being creative but also environmentally aware! How convenient, because a ‘green’ mindset is key this season.
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What you need (for 100 ml)
- 50 ml unscented (baby) oil. You can also use almond oil.
- 30 ml of 70% alcohol
- Optional: 20 ml organic, pure essential oil*.
- A jar or small vase (where you can put the scented sticks)
- Bamboo sticks or skewers
- Measuring cup
- Bottle with cap (for mixing the fragrance)
*Think of fragrances such as cedar, cinnamon, patchouli, pine, vanilla, mandarin and clove. If you have pets, ensure they don’t ingest any of the essential oils as they can be harmful.
How to make it
Pour 50 ml of unscented oil, 30 ml of alcohol and 20 ml of essential oil into the bottle in which you are going to mix the perfume. Screw the cap tightly on the bottle and shake the bottle gently so that the liquids mix together.
Carefully cut a few flowers off the tuberose and Cambria and put them in the pot or vase. You can also add other flowers, as you wish.
Pour the liquid mixture from the bottle on top of the flowers in the pot or vase. Put the sticks in.
You will need to be patient for about an hour to be able to smell the scent properly, and then… enjoy! Ideal as a night perfume for your bedside table, or for the smallest room in the house. Tip: don’t forget to replace the scented sticks regularly to keep the fragrance as fresh as possible.
You can enjoy your orchid during the summer months too, when we spend a lot of time outdoors. Most orchid species can be placed outside, and they look so nice on your terrace or balcony! Did you know that there are special garden orchids too? Read all about it in this article!
Orchids on your terrace or balcony
A number of orchid species such as Cymbidium, Dendrobium and Cambria can happily be placed outside in spring and summer in order to bring colour to your garden table or balcony. By putting your Orchid outside you encourage the plant the produce buds. But do keep a close eye on the outdoor temperature, especially in the evening. It should not be less than 9 °C or more than 25 °C. Choose a spot out of the wind and in the shade. Avoid bright afternoon sun and take advantage of the mild morning and evening sun. Do water your plant a bit more often when it’s outdoors! Important to note: make sure there are no snails around.
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There are also special garden orchids available, such as Dactylorhiza and Epipactus. These species can generally cope well with full sun, provided that the plants always have moisture available. Good places for planting are along the edge of a pond for example. Make sure that the roots are not constantly under water; because they don’t like that. They’re actually waterside plants. If you don’t have a pond in your garden, then it’s better to place the Dactylorhiza and Epipactus in partial shade.
Garden orchids grow in areas where the temperature can drop below -20 °C. These orchids protect themselves by staying below ground in the winter. In the spring they emerge from the ground and within 3 to 4 weeks they are already in bloom. After this you have 3 to 8 weeks of enjoyment – depending on the variety.
Read all about the garden orchid in this article!
Photos: Judith Prins Tuinorchideeën