Saturday, June 15, 2013

Harvesting flowers for winter ~

This week I have been gathering flowers to dry for winter arrangements. I always do roses and hydrangeas but I also like to include other flowers, seedpods, and various foliage.
Right now I have lots of Yarrow, Statice and Sea Lavender blooming and while they are at their peak it is the perfect time to harvest. I also have some Love-in-a-mist seed pods. All of these are super easy to dry. You don't have to do anything but cut them, gather them together in a container, or allow to hang while they dry.

I put them together in a basket to take these pictures and they looked so pretty that I set them as is in a cool, shady spot on a chest in the guest room to finish the drying process; later I will separate them and mix them with other dried flowers and foliage for winter bouquets.

The wonderful thing about these three plants is how beautifully they retain their color and shape after drying.

This is so easy you might want to give it a try, in the long days of winter when not much is blooming a bouquet of dried flowers can add a special touch to a room.
Thank you for visiting. I hope you have a flower filled day.
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  1. If only I had those lovely followers. I just love the purple. My garden is filled with Queens Annes Lace I wish they would dry but I haven't had any luck. Hydrangeas are so perfect for drying, I have my Oak Leaf cut in a vase with a little water and they can dry beautifully on their own. Enjoy your rewards from your garden. The Yarrow is perfect. I am your newest follower. Kathy

  2. Bonjour,
    Une superbe publication agrémentée de très belles photos et qui me rappelle que chaque année j'aime déposer sur le haut de mes armoire en chapeau de gendarme des fleurs qui sèchent d'elles-même et qui embellissent la maison pour l'hiver...

    Gros bisous à vous et bonne fête à tous les papas.

  3. How fantastic. Such a pretty way to preserve and enjoy your beautiful blooms all year long.

  4. Beautiful! dear Adrienne, Made in the great english tradition, such as the heroines of Jane Austen novels.
    Hélène Flont ‿ ◕✿

  5. Gorgeous shades and they are so vibrant!
    I like to dry alliums for their unusual form and hydrangeas are fun too but not nearly as colourful.
    Your garden must be so beautiful at this time of year!

  6. I do love the colors and they look so beautiful now and later. Do you have any tips for drying hydrangeas so they retain more color?
    Have a wonderful week,

  7. très belles couleurs
    moi je ne fait que des hortensias
    ou je mets un peu de laque à cheveux ,pour maintenir les pétales
    mais la couleur se transforme pour se stabiliser dans une nuances
    de bleus éteints , ou rose passé
    c'est selon la période ou on les coupe
    bonne fin de journée
    edith(iris) France

  8. These flowers have such nice colours for the winter.

  9. You have so many lovely photos here
    and a really lovely home. Fantastic!

  10. This looks fantastic, and will only prove more so in the gloom of winter.
    Love the strong contrast of color. Perfect in the basket. I love it!


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