This photo, taken at the National Heirloom Exposition, shows a billowing arrangement of antique flowers grown not just for garden beauty but also as great long-lasting cut flowers – a great way to bring outdoors beauty and fragrance indoors.
Most cooks value fresh garlic, and many a gardener also enjoys its large spring Allium flowers. The ones that grow best locally are often shared between gardeners, who plant individual cloves in the fall and harvest and dry the bulbs the following spring.
Related to snapdragons, twinspur (Diaschia)is a cool-weather annual, producing its bright blooms as long as nighttime temperatures stay below 70 or so. In northern climates, that means flowers from spring through fall until the first hard frost. Comes in pink, rose, orange, salmon, cream, white and combos. Perennial in USDA Zone 7 and warmer.
The drying process can take up to a week or more. The higher the moisture content of the petals, the longer the process. When ready for use, simply open the book and gently slide your flowers off the wax paper.
Fill a jar or two with seasonal flowers picked up at a local market or grocery store (or even pick some dried hydrangeas from your own yard.) Mix those with pumpkins and season fruits, like apples and pears, to make simple, but pretty table decorations.
Fill a jar or two with seasonal flowers picked up at a local market or grocery store (or even pick some dried hydrangeas from your own yard.) Mix those with pumpkins and seasonal fruits, like apples and pears, to make simple, but pretty table decorations.
Entertain and embrace a carefree, casual vibe and opt for a simple do-it-yourself floral arrangement. Collect retro soda bottles from thrift stores and tuck a few seasonal wildflowers and fresh herbs in each one.