• Drying flowers this summer

    Posted on December 17, 2017 by in Growing dry flowers, How to dry flowers

    Experiments with drying flowers

    Looking back on a colourful summer:

    drying flowers passionflowers

    Very pleased with these dry flowers from my garden – passionflowers

    dry flowers shatsa daisies

    Shatsa daisies dry well laid flat on kitchen roll in an airy place

    air dried fuchsias

    Air dried fuchsias

    dry marguerite daisy

    Marguerite daisies flower prolifically

    drying geraniums

    Geranium ‘Heavenly Blue’ dries to a pretty shade of lilac

    drying roses rosa mutabilis

    Rosa mutabilis is a vigorous species rose from my garden

    drying roses rambling rose

    Rambling rose flowers fade slightly after drying. This was Paul’s Himalayan Musk I think

    peony petals

    Peony petals, ivory with a hint of pale pink, make fab wedding confetti

    rose potpourri

    Rosa mundi is a favourite rose from our garden which sometimes makes its way into daisyshop potpourri

    cistus flowers

    White cistus flowers dry to a soft cream but they do sometimes brown a little round the edge if damp when picked

    eryngium flowers

    Bunches of eryngium flowers bought from a florist were hung up to dry in the workshop for a few weeks

    pink achilleas

    I grew a patch of achilleas in mixed shades of pink this summer to see how they dried

    ammobium flowers

    Ammobiums from the garden ready to hang up to dry – these daisy flowers have nice sturdy stems for dried flower arrangements

    Drying flowers at home

    All these flowers were dried using one of two methods:

    • Air-dried flat: just cut the flower heads off and lay the flowers face down on kitchen roll in a warm, dark, dry place for a week or so until crisp.
    • Hanging bunches: to dry the whole flower on its stem, bunch a few stems together with an elastic band, then hang upside down in a warm, dry, dark place for a week or more.

    Read more about how to dry flowers

    Trialling dried flowers for daisyshop.co.uk

    Some of these dried flowers have made it onto sale in our shop, or will soon:

    • Watch out for the marguerite daisies in an exclusive limited availability confetti mix coming soon!
    • Small roses, dried rose petals and peony petals make it into our own British confetti from time to time.
    • Larger roses such as the Rosa mundi are often used to decorate our English Rose potpourri.
    • We sold all the eryngium bunches I dried this year, but look out for more next summer.
    • The pink achillea bunches were a little faded looking once dry, but the yellow ones we buy in for the shop are great!
    • Watch out for dried ammobium bunches coming soon!

    Looking forward to more experiments in drying flowers next year.