Dried cosmos flowers mark the end of summer
October 5, 2012 by
Growing dry flowers, How to dry flowers
Cosmos flowers are so cheery well into October
I couldn’t resist picking a few of the last flowers of the summer to preserve. Cosmos flowers are so simple and daisy-like, I can never resist growing them in my garden.
Pretty pink and white cosmos flowers growing in my garden
The cut cosmos flowers laid out on kitchen roll
I placed the cosmos flowers flat (without their stems) in the airing cupboard for a week. The dried flowers were soon preserved for use over the winter.
Comparing the dried flowers
White cosmos flowers dry to palest cream
Cosmos flowers shrink on drying
The yellow daisy like centres of the dried cosmos flowers
Using the dried flowers
I was very pleased with the results, and have used the dried cosmos flowers as a potpourri topper: they are decorating some potpourri I made a few weeks ago with rose and geranium dried flowers.
Home made rose potpourri with cosmos flowers on top
How to dry flowers
How to make potpourri
Another autumnal dried flower – drying hydrangeas