• Dried cosmos flowers mark the end of summer

    Posted on October 5, 2012 by in 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.

    cosmos flowers

    Pretty pink and white cosmos flowers growing in my garden

    cosmos flowers ready to dry

    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 dried cosmos flowers

    White cosmos flowers dry to palest cream

    pink cosmos dried flowers

    Cosmos flowers shrink on drying

    cosmos dried

    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.

    rose potpourri cosmos topper

    Home made rose potpourri with cosmos flowers on top

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Sue says:

    Very lovely idea! I think this is good choice for home decoration idea :)