Since my last monthly diary post, we actually had some hot weather – hooray! I have spent lots of time in the garden, but most of it soaking up sunshine rather than doing anything useful.
I was trained as a scientist, so a few controlled experiments are always on the cards! This month it’s pressing flowers, and drying hydrangeas.
This July I have been picking any flower petals I can find, to experiment with pressing: roses, violas, honeysuckle, evening primrose, and verbascum amongst others.
I don’t have a big enough press, so have been using blotting paper and books – watch this space! I am awaiting the results of the rose petals before posting on the subject of homegrown wedding confetti.
I have also been experimenting with drying hydrangeas. I was in my local Waitrose, and couldn’t resist this large pot.
This flower is a lovely combination of lavender pink and eau de nil green. The backs of the flowers are just as pretty as the front.
I have been doing my homework on drying hydrangeas, and it seems that they dry best when the stem is left in a half full vase of water which is not replenished. The flower then seems to dry more slowly. Again – watch this space for results!
In June I mentioned making leaf potpourri – the recipe is now finished with a fragrance reminiscent of rose turkish delight.
I am also excitedly writing various features on the general theme of dried flowers requested by Popular Crafts magazine.
… May be rather thin on the ground! It’s the school holidays and there is only so much anyone can fit into a day, what with the shop and all.