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moi08xx
Doncaster
United Kingdom

January 29, 2008
3:01 PM

Post #4468897

a tussy mussie is a historical flower arrangement that was made during the victorian era. It was used to hide bad smells and also was thought to keep away diseases shuch as the plague!!!
soapwort243
South Milwaukee, WI

February 6, 2008
1:24 AM

Post #4500264

LOL Tussy mussie !! I learned something new--that's interesting !!- It must be made with very fragrant flowers. I love the victorian era decor !!
WeeNel
Ayrshire Scotland
United Kingdom

February 9, 2008
1:29 AM

Post #4513710

Made from herbs, rose petals, lavender, etc and left to dry, it was also scattered on the floors and beds to keep parasites away, that's how we got our modern potpourri, the French were really big on the stuff way before then as they were classed as the smelliest nation in Europe, but turned out to be the best perfume makers, well guess they had longer to practice, good luck, WeeNel.
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 10, 2008
12:56 PM

Post #4519006

How is that different from a nosegay?
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 10, 2008
4:43 PM

Post #4519678

I don't think it is, just a different name for something very similar.
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 11, 2008
10:11 AM

Post #4522961

Ah, thanks ecrane
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 15, 2008
1:18 AM

Post #4539614

hmmm ... I just saw this thread. I used to make what I called Tussie Mussie's - would cut a square of tightly woven netting (can't for the life of me remember what it's called) and cut a square of pretty lace about the same size. Lay the lace down on a table, put the netting on top ... put poutpourri in the center and gather up the ends and tie with a pretty ribbon! Stick them in lingerie drawers to keep your "undies" smelling pretty, or just sit out on the dresser or night stand! Very easy to make ... years ago they were quite popular. I used to buy herbs, spices and petals from San Francisco Herb Co. and mix different scents to make little Tussie Mussie's for family and friends!
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2008
1:44 AM

Post #4539716

Oh I'll bet those were pretty, Plantlady. That's a clever idea.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2008
2:18 AM

Post #4539893

Things like that with the potpourri I always knew as sachets, tussie mussies were little bouquets. Guess different things go by different names depending on where you are in the country!
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 15, 2008
2:26 AM

Post #4539930

Correct ecrane3 ... the little things I used to make are actually sachet's ... tussie mussies are the little bouquets! I just used to call my sachet's tussie mussie's ... instead of the little flower bouquet's in fabric pouches, I had the fragrance with the herbs, flower petals and spices tied up in lace pouches. But the correct description of a tussie mussie is actually the little flower bouquet's.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2008
3:05 AM

Post #4540086

Oh, OK, I thought maybe this was another one of those things that people in different parts of the country called by different names!
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 15, 2008
3:54 AM

Post #4540337

Naah ... just me mislabeling it! LOL. Anyway, I love the Tussie Mussie Bouquet's and I love the little Sachet's too!



doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2008
1:24 PM

Post #4541192

I love the sachets and hadn't thought about that in ages. I'm always trying to come up with a little special "something" for people who do things for us during the year. Most are women and I think those would be a big hit. I have the roses already working and am planting a lot of perennials and annuals this year, so I should have the necessary items to work with. Thanks for the idea, ladies :)
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 15, 2008
1:26 PM

Post #4541199

Oh yes, Rose petals are wonderful for the little sachet's! Just experiment with your mixing of scents, it's lots of fun!
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2008
1:32 PM

Post #4541212

I have a rose called Sheer Bliss, it's a htea and touchy as the devil, but the smell is one of the reason's I putz with it. It is aptly named. The petals hold the fragrance for a long time and since it is creamy colored it's lovely in the mix.
plantladylin
South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 15, 2008
1:41 PM

Post #4541232

I had to look that one up! Gorgeous! http://roses.toytrains1.com/sheer_bliss.htm

I had many roses years ago but am down to maybe 2 and they don't look so great. I have one Queen Elizabeth that has been hanging on for many years. I used to love the fragrance of Tropicana and Climbing Don Juan had a nice fragrance. I had some very, very fragrant roses at one time but can't remember the names.
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2008
2:47 PM

Post #4541472

Mine come out looking more like the one in the 2nd picture. Zuzu's looks like the first one, so go figure.

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