Drying flowers

I have a very small allotment garden. It is nice, but a bit hard for me to maintain, due to my ME/CFS. Lately I had some back pains, which has not helped. But my plot it is just a minute walk from my apartment, and it is very nice to have. 🙂

I moved to this place last October, and I didn't have time/energy to start fixing my "garden" before late this spring. It was in a rather bad state, but I managed to clean up most, including a rather weedy patch of strawberries. My choice of new plants were decided mostly on impulse. I sowed a row of flowers for drying. I have never done that before, so wasn't sure when to harvest them. But harvest I did yesterday and hung them up for drying:

Flowers hung up for drying.

I followed advice to remove the leaves. They were any way small and boring. The drying need a dark and dry place, which I do not really have. Let's see how it goes. At least I do not have to water them, winter comes. 😉


  1. This takes me back. I remember pressing flowers way back in the mists of time when I was young.

    I’d never thought about selecting flowers for drying, though. Do some breeds work better than others? I assume they must, but I really have no idea at all.

    Good luck with the hangings 😉

  2. Remeber to read the post before thinking that the photo is upside down. 🙂 .

    I’ve never did this , i remember puting them between paper sheets inside books, the heaviest ones .

  3. I think many flowers can be dried, though I think some (most?) lose a lot of color in the process. But I used Pink Paper Daisy (Rhodanthe chlorocephala), which are really typical type of eternell, as we call flowers cultivated for the purpose of drying.

    The photo is not upside down, as I stood on my head taking it 😉

    Hang-drying also has the advantage of making the flowers 3-dimensional 😉

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