Author Archives: Ruth

About Ruth

I set up Daisy Gifts Ltd in 2002 and have been learning about dried flowers ever since.
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    Homemade room fresheners using essential oils

    Posted on March 26, 2016 by in Aromatherapy, Potpourri making

    How to make a natural room freshener There are various natural ways to add fragrance to your home Choices for natural home fragrance may include a bouquet of fresh flowers or herbs, or a bowl of handmade dried flower potpourri refreshed with real essential oils. I thought I’d try experimenting with an alternative to the […]

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    Orange dried flowers | Leonotis Leonurus

    Posted on February 11, 2016 by in Dried flowers general

    Exotic orange dried flowers of Leonotis leonorus Although there is a growing range of dried flowers available in the UK, the choice of natural¬†orange dried flowers is limited. One option is physalis (also known as Chinese lanterns), which is seasonal and associated with Autumn (and to be honest, a seed pod rather than a flower). […]

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    Make a pressed flower Christmas card

    Posted on December 9, 2015 by in Christmas crafts

    DIY Christmas card using pressed flowers and herbs Pressing herbs and flowers Pressing herbs is a creative way to preserve their beauty year-round – here is a project I created for the Herb Society magazine, published in their December 2015 issue. Why not press decorative herb leaves and flowers as you spot them around the […]

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    Make a seasonal wheat sheaf

    Posted on December 1, 2015 by in Bouquets, Christmas crafts

    DIY wheat sheaves The great thing about wheat sheaves is that they can be augmented with various flowers and botanicals depending on the season. Wheat sheaves traditionally celebrate harvest season, but these days they can be used for decoration year-round. Making a wheat sheaf A large wheat sheaf is easily made by combining about three […]

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    Make a pink dried flower bouquet

    Posted on November 6, 2015 by in Bouquets

    DIY dried flower bouquet Make your own bouquet from dried flower bunches such as delphiniums, dried oats, and daisy-like white acroclinium or similar white rhodanthus flowers. How to make a dried flower bouquet I used one bunch each of the flowers listed above, except the acroclinium, which only required 12-15 stems. As well as the […]

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    Pressed flowers inspiration and ideas

    Posted on October 12, 2015 by in Dried flowers general, Dry flower art

    Pressed flower projects I’ve just been putting together a greetings card as a pressed flower project for the Herb Society magazine, and it made me think about all the great ideas out there at the moment. A pressed flower book to inspire My favourite pressed flowers book is L’herbier du jardin by Jean-Luc Breuvart (it’s […]

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    British seasonal flowers | Peony

    Posted on June 21, 2015 by in Bouquets, How to dry flowers

    British Flowers Week has just finished Aimed primarily at promoting British cut flowers and their growers, #BritishFlowersWeek has been a great success online, raising awareness about the provenance of that fresh bouquet. And hand-in-hand with buying British fresh flowers goes the concept of seasonal flowers. And what flower is more seasonal in June than the […]

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    Dried flowers on TV – Home Fires

    Posted on June 3, 2015 by in Dried flowers general

    I’m loving Home Fires on ITV Not least because they show one of our dried flower bunches every week! The production company for Home Fires bought a big box of dried flowers from us last October, and Mike & I have been watching avidly in order to spot our products. The drama is set in […]

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    Support British Flowers Week!

    Posted on May 2, 2015 by in Dried flowers general

    Celebrate British Flowers Week this June Scheduled for 15th to 19th June 2015, British Flowers Week was initially intended for the fresh flowers industry, but I think British dried flowers have something to celebrate too! The British Flowers Week website says: “British Flowers Week is the ground-breaking campaign from New Covent Garden Flower Market to […]

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    Wedding flowers on a Medieval theme

    Posted on April 25, 2015 by in Weddings

    Dried flowers for a Medieval wedding Thank you so much Diane Spencer for sharing these fab pics of Elizabeth and John on their big day! Diane says the “venue was Moseley Old Hall in Wolverhampton. We made all the outfits ourselves so we are thrilled with how it all worked together.” “We visited the Hall […]

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