HOW TO DRY YOUR OWN FLOWERS
Not all blooms are perfect for drying. The best way to tell if a flower will be beautiful once dried is to choose ones with woodier stems: roses, natives, some herbs, lavender etc. Our favourite dried flowers are roses, eucalyptus, gypsophila, hydrangeas, paper daisies and proteas. Dried flowers will last for many years – it’s a fantastic way to repurpose wilted flowers or preserve foliage you may have in abundance in a particular season.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Woody-stemmed flowers and foliage Twine
1 Begin the drying process slowly – the slower the better. Keep your stems in minimal water for 7-10 days. When the blooms begin to lose their freshness, remove them from the water and allow the stems to completely dry.
2 Tie some twine around your bundle of flowers and hang in a warm, dry place for 1-2 weeks until fully dry. Our blooms dry best on our tin shed wall or by our kitchen window.
3 Once your flowers are fully dried, you can arrange them in bottles or vases. Our favourite method is to hang them from the wall or ceiling to create an earthy, • natural feel in the home.
This is an edited extract fromThe Farm Community by Emma and Tom Lane. Photography by Alan Benson. Published by Hardie Grant Books, RRP $45. Available where all good books are sold.