Dried flowers diaries July 2014

Flowers at home and work

This time of year is very much gardening time for me. I’m a fair weather gardener, and this month has certainly been fair!

My garden in bloom

flowers on my patio

Flowers on my patio

Behind the agapanthus are some calendula, cornflowers and lavender, which all can be dried and used in potpourri making.

Lavandula angustifolia Munstead

Three pots of lavender, Lavandula angustifolia Munstead

love in a mist

Love in a mist is easy to dry once it has set seed

Lucky heather flowers

I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a big box of dried heather flowers from Scotland. This Scottish heather is beautiful in four colours, but quite tricky to work with. It was a case of seeing what shape and size it came in, and making bunches to match. There is no point in fighting nature!

dried flower bouquet lucky heather

Some lucky heather from Scotland

These small lucky heather bunches, and some mini heather bunches which could be used as napkin decorations or buttonholes, are now available in the shop. They are both already proving popular for weddings. We supplied one small bunch last week to a bride who asked for an extra length of ribbon to tie onto the main bridal bouquet for luck!

Making dried flower bouquets

Hand-tied dried flower bouquets are still big business at work at this time of year, and there is a great range of dry flower bunches to choose from if you would like to make your own.

large bearded wheat dried flower bouquet

A large bearded wheat and lavender dried flower bouquet I made this month

Bearded wheat makes a great filler, but can be unattractive until the accompanying leaf is removed, as mentioned in my previous post: dried flower bouquets with bearded wheat.

Living in hope for another month of sunshine!

2 responses so far.

  1. Fran Parow says:

    I am interested in purchasing in purchasing some dried heather, but only if it has a lovely scent

    • Ruth says:

      Hi Fran, I’ve never found that dried heather had much scent unfortunately! We don’t have any heather at the moment, but do have a look around our shop if you’re in the UK or Europe – we can’t deliver elsewhere due to other countries varying policies on plant material. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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