PICKED AND PRESSED Turn a coun­try­side walk into a cre­ative flo­ral project for your walls.

Is there any­thing bet­ter than the riot of colour and heady scents of sum­mer­time ow­ers? Becki Clark shows us how to pre­serve them through the sea­sons with a cre­ative project

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From elds of dahlias, jam jars of sweet peas and bunches of wild ferns, I love botan­i­cals in ev­ery form. The only down­fall of course is that, af­ter be­ing picked, ow­ers don’t last for­ever. The day soon comes when the wa­ter is stag­nant, the petals have fallen and there’s no op­tion but to re­sign them to the com­post heap. But what if you gave them an­other lease of life? Press­ing plants is a bril­liant way to make them last that bit longer and also to cre­ate some beau­ti­ful art­work for your home.

Flower press­ing has had a resur­gence of late, lling In­sta­gram feeds with pressed ower art and pop­ping up in work­shops and cour­ses. As more of us yearn to es­cape the stresses of daily life by los­ing our­selves in a cre­ative en­deav­our, ower press­ing pro­vides com­fort – the en­joy­ment comes from its slow and mag­i­cal process. I love to go out with my bas­ket and walk along the elds and forests near my home, search­ing for in­ter­est­ing ferns, wild fo­liage and blooms to bring home and press.

Al­though I’m lucky to live in the beau­ti­ful New For­est, UK, wild ow­ers can be found al­most any­where. Just take a mo­ment to look more in­tently for them and you’ll nd wild pop­pies spring­ing up in grass­land, for­getme-nots burst­ing through cracks in walls and but­ter­cups by your feet. Even weeds can make in­ter­est­ing shapes when pressed.

“Try and nd ow­ers that don’t have too many petals, and ow­ers with smaller petals work best for press­ing,” ad­vises orist Issy of Issy Rose Flow­ers (www. is­sy­rose ow­ers. co.uk). “Look out for nat­u­rally at blooms, in­ter­est­ing shapes and bright colours – things like vi­o­las, lark­spur, lo­belia, del­phinium and sin­gle petal roses work re­ally well,” she ex­plains. But be aware of where you for­age: “Only pick where there are many ow­ers grow­ing, never take too many and be re­spect­ful and mind­ful of the habi­tat that you are pick­ing from,” Issy ad­vises.

Turn the page to nd my tu­to­rial for cre­at­ing pressed ower art.

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