HOW TO DRY YOUR OWN FLOW­ERS

Nadia - - WELL-THY CRAFT -

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.

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