• Dried flower diaries September 2012

    Posted on September 26, 2012 by in Diary

    Dried flower news – Autumn begins

    Gosh what a month – we’ve gone from hot sun to hammering rain. This is a really big month in the shop because we are receiving into stock all the Christmas fruits & spices, pine cones etc – the crafters we supply always like to start their projects in plenty of time, so it’s not as early as it seems! Watch this blog for various seasonal makes over the next couple of months (I’ll start gently with the Autmnal ones before getting truly Christmassy!)

    My dried flower garden in September

    I managed to rescue some poppies and have a go at drying hydrangeas before they were ruined by the rain.

    Dessicated poppy heads

    The gorgeous poppies which were growing in my garden earlier in the year (see my blog post on drying poppy seed heads) have finished and dried, and I have been round collecting up all the brown dessicated flower pods for future projects. The seed heads left to dry on their own in the garden are much more robust than the ones I picked early to dry indoors.

    dessicated flowers poppy seed heads

    Drying hydrangeas

    I have finally had some luck drying hydrangea heads – after a few attempts, I have some dry heads that look almost exactly the same as they did when fresh. Expect a blog post soon about how I did it! (You can see a picture of my hydrangea bush and my last attempt at drying hydrangeas in my July diary post)

    drying hydrangeas jug

    Dessicating flowers in the workshop too

    dessicating flowers

    Back in July I hung up some fresh feverfew, sea lavender, delphiniums, hydrangeas, roses and cornflowers to dry in my workshop. In general I have been very pleased with the results – see my blog posts on drying sea lavender and drying cornflowers. I was able to make a lovely blue dried flowers bouquet from some of them:

    blue dried flower bouquet

    Shopping links – Seasonal dried flowers, dried fruit & spices

    Buy a blue dried flower bouquet like the one pictured, or a sea lavender bunch dried in our workshop;
    cinnamon sticks, orange slices, star anise, whole oranges, cloves, rose hips, & pine cones