The sweet smell of Russian olives can be noticed again, and the delicious flowers are about to set…well, not very delicious fruit. However, now’s the best time to enjoy them on your table! If you like the flowers, and I sure do, now’s a good time for bouquets too.
So surprise someone you love, and make them a fresh wild bouquet! Russian olive flowers, picked as entire branches from the tree, go great in bouquets with grasses. Try picking a variety of grasses for interest, and especially look for brome grass. If you can find some so late in the season, add some lilac branches with their wonderfully scented flowers. The purple lilac and yellow Russian olives are lovely together.
If you like the smell of the Russian olives, you may want to consider also making scented goodies with the flowers. You can use the flowers to infuse soaps, candles, and other products with its fragrance.