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  • Dried flowers from my garden | Photo shoot

    Posted on July 1, 2016 by in Dried flowers general, How to dry flowers

    Picking garden flowers to dry I love drying flowers At this time of year when roses and peonies are in bloom, I love to visit the garden every day, enjoying their scent, and taking a small harvest. I always leave enough to enjoy in situ. Images courtesy Nicola Stocken. Save Find out more about drying […]

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    Dried flowers diaries June 2014

    Posted on June 28, 2014 by in Diary

    June is my favourite month in the garden The roses are blooming and the borders are looking blousy. It won’t be the same once the roses have gone over and the geraniums need cutting back, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts! If you’d like to find out more about what has been flowering in […]

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    Vintage images with dry flowers

    Posted on February 4, 2014 by in Dry flower art

    Floral illustrations from the British Library My husband Mike – who is into all things vintage – spotted recently that the British Library had uploaded a million images to Flikr for public use. These are illustrations covering the 1600s, 1700s and 1800s. There is quite a variety, from maps to satirical cartoons. A Victorian circle […]

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    Displaying my traditional potpourri

    Posted on October 22, 2013 by in Potpourri making

    Making traditional potpourri with dried petals Back in June I made some traditional potpourri using dried petals, orris root powder and essential oils when gardens photographer Nicola Stocken came to visit. I left it in a kilner jar in a warm place for the fragrance to develop, and (apart from shaking it a couple of […]

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    Why you don’t need orris root powder to make potpourri

    Posted on July 16, 2013 by in Potpourri making

    I sell a lot of orris root powder for potpourri making But why? Orris root powder is the dried powdered root of the flower iris pallida (sweet iris), and is used in potpourri making to prolong the fragrance. Orris root powder is a fixative Traditional potpourri is made by adding essential oils to dried flowers […]

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    Dried flowers diaries June 2013

    Posted on June 30, 2013 by in Diary

    June: a month of Photography Photos of dried wedding flowers At the beginning of the month I was emailed by Tess, a happy bride who had used my dried flowers at her wedding, with a link to a lovely blog post written by her photographer Esme Ducker. A visit from a gardens photographer – potpourri […]

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    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 […]

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    Potpourri from dried flowers grown in your garden

    Posted on April 16, 2013 by in Potpourri making

    Dried flowers article in Make and Craft magazine This month I am very pleased to have another article about dried flowers published in Make and Craft magazine. This one is about picking flowers from your garden to dry and make potpourri. They have published a little early, as the two main flowers used were roses […]

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    My dried flower diaries July 2012

    Posted on July 30, 2012 by in Diary

    My dried flower garden in July Since my last monthly diary post, we actually had some hot weather – hooray! I have spent lots of time in the garden, but most of it soaking up sunshine rather than doing anything useful. Experimenting with dried flowers from my garden I was trained as a scientist, so […]

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    Fragrant leaf potpourri recipe

    Posted on July 27, 2012 by in Potpourri making

    Potpourri recipe with scented leaves In my last two posts I have been drying leaves from my garden for use in potpourri and then adding essential oils to the potpourri for added fragrance. Here is the finished potpourri recipe. Choosing the leaves for this potpourri recipe This dried leaf potpourri is not as pretty as […]

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