Pressing flowersFriday, July 08, 2016
This year I felt a yearning to press flowers; to preserve them in time from their very peak of splendour. This cheap and cheerful flower press was a charity shop by from a while ago. I presumed it had been unused but some of the sheets were a little less than perfect which annoyed me a little but I suppose I should have checked. I'm unfamiliar with blotting paper aside from reading about it in Enid Blyton's books as a child.
The garden itself didn't appear to have all that much to offer in terms of flowers on initial appraisal but I took my time, carried my little trug and scissors an set about finding two of each flower in perfect condition.
These cistus 'rock rose' has the most amazingly paper thin, delicate flowers. I'm suspecting these may perhaps be too delicate to survive a pressing but let's wait and see.
You notice that I have marigolds in the basket, but it became apparent that they had no intention of being pressed. (I shredded one in the course of essential trimming, so the other was popped in a tiny vase of water where it's still going strong six days later, so not a total waste). I saw some fuchsias on an adjacent bush so I borrowed two. I have no idea how well each one of these may work, so it is a complete leap into the unknown. But I'll know for next year.