Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Flowers for Winter

As Summer Flowers are going to seed and squirrels are knocking acorns on the ground, I like to gather some of what is left in the flower beds, to dry for winter.
I have found that I can dry the large headed flowers by supporting their form with nursery plant trays.  I do this with Sunflowers and Hydrangea, allowing them to dry without drooping petals or bent stems.  The Hydrangea in these pictures had heads that were 4" to 5" accross. They dried in 3 days in the dry mountain air and look perfectly natural in their vase. Only a close look will reveal they are not fresh.  These will last well for a year, and maybe two or more.  I put the support nursery trays on my trusty clothes rack, which has been so handy for many things!

 3 days later, my dried flowers are lovely in their (waterless!) vase.  They will be great for winter decor,even on the mantle with boughs of rosehips and evergreens.

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