• Making potpourri in the press

    Posted on June 30, 2013 by in Potpourri making

    Photographing potpourri making

    I was really pleased to be visited by garden writer and photographer Nicola Stocken this week. She spent an afternoon with me potpourri making for an article she is writing. It will take a while for her to process the photos and finish the article, but she sent me one image as a preview. In the photo I am preparing some flowers from my garden to dry. I felt very honored she had time to spend with me as she was visiting David Austin, James Wong and Bob Flowerdew the same week.

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    Drying flowers

    During the afternoon, we picked cornflowers, roses, marigolds, geraniums, peonies and geraniums, and laid them out to dry. We made traditional rose potpourri with dried petals, orris root powder and essential oils, and displayed some of my potpourri decorated with whole dried flowers.

    Here are some of my own pics:

    front garden

    My front garden with rose Constance Spry by the gate, with marigolds, cornflowers and geraniums.

    drying rose flowers

    I filled a basket with rose petals and whole heads. To dry petals, I pulled them off the flower (as shown in Nicolas pic above), before laying them out on kitchen paper.

    dried flowers dried roses

    These whole roses were dried flat. I cut off the stem right behind the flower and laid them out on a tray in my airing cupboard. The dried roses are clockwise from left Iceberg, New Dawn, Constance Spry, Margaret Merrill.

    drying garden flowers

    Dry cornflowers by cutting off stems and drying flat as for roses above; leave on stems and hang up a bunch, or pull off petals and lay out to dry.

    drying garden flowers

    Marigold and cornflower can be dried in similar ways.

    dried marigold flower

    This marigold flower was dried flat in my airing cupboard. You can also pull off individual petals to dry more quickly.

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    Dry geraniums by cutting flower heads off and laying out on kitchen paper somewhere warm.

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    This pure white peony has pale pink highlights when dried.

    dried peonies

    Dry peonies flat (left above), or by hanging (right). The different methods subtly affect shape and colour of the dried flowers. Use to decorate potpourri.

    potpourri petals

    The mixture of rose petals and other flowers in a kilner jar with orris root powder and essential oils, ready for the curing process.

    Related links – drying flowers and potpourri

    Find out more about drying flowers   |   Potpourri making

    Last year I wrote an article about drying cornflowers

    More about making potpourri from your garden

    Update – this potpourri displayed