Yesterday was the ‘Start of Autumn‘ as stated in the lunar calendar, this usually predicts the end of the unbearable humid summer days. Feeling this change in the air this morning, we prepared some foliage for a flower-drying session as our way to welcome the arrival of autumn – the strong-scented eucalyptus fruits and leaves, the spiky eryngoes, corns of sorghum and ears of wheat, and baby’s breath and sea-lavender topped with flower sprinkles.
These fresh foliage were carefully cleaned and the base of the stems trimmed (approx. 10cm) to get rid of any possible bacteria. Group and organise these foliage into bunches; tie the stems together with cotton strings or dried grass. Our back porch is a perfect spot for storing these bunches, being cool and well ventilated throughout the day, and we hung them up upside down, leaving just enough space between each bunch for the dry air to get past.
To make your own dry flowers:
Choose flowers that have less water content, such as roses, sea-lavender, cockscomb etc; flowers such as lily, bluebells, holds a lot more water in their petals, and should be better appreciated in fresh arrangements.
It is best to use fresh flowers and foliage for drying, and preferably select half-bloomed flowers for best drying result, as fully bloomed flowers lose their petals easily during and after drying.
Use a hairdryer to lightly blow away any dust on your dried flowers and foliage, and avoid getting any water onto them.