• My dried flower diaries July 2012

    Posted on July 30, 2012 by in Diary

    My dried flower garden in July

    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.

    Experimenting with dried flowers from my garden

    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.

    Pressed dried flowers

    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.

    pressing rose petals


    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.

    Drying flowers – hydrangea

    I have also been experimenting with drying hydrangeas. I was in my local Waitrose, and couldn’t resist this large pot.

    hydrangea 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.

    hydrangea back


    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!

    hydrangea vase


    More dried flowers

    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 featuresĀ on the general theme of dried flowers requested by Popular Crafts magazine.

    Dried flowers in August…

    … 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.