To the left of the bed, a small astronaut figurine holds another wedding memory, pressed flowers from the wedding table. Incorporating art and accessories from important places and events is the best way to create a space that is full of meaning and connection. And adding unexpected moments like an astronaut on the bedside table helps create a fun and relaxed atmosphere that feels like home.
Also called floss flower, Ageratum is an annual with pink, white, violet or blue blooms. Pressing the flowers flattens them and tends to make the colors fade, so dry them in a preservative (a desiccant) instead. Lengthen the short stems with floral wire, if desired. Then remove the foliage and put the flowers facedown in the desiccant for 2 or 3 weeks. Check periodically and remove them when they’re dry, but before they become brittle. Shown here: Ageratum 'Stellar Blue'
African daises like ‘Soprano’ are better for pressing than very full daises. Layer the flowers between sheets of blotting paper and flatten them under books or bricks for a week or two, or dry them in a box filled with desiccant. Use your pressed daises in crafts or frames; dried daises that retain their shape are pretty in floral arrangements or wreaths.
Flowers and botanicals add a soft, elegant style to bathroom walls. To achieve this traditional bathroom’s look, you could press your own botanicals or buy botanical prints. The light blush-colored walls and curtains gently contrast with the earthy color of the botanicals. Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques” adds that a wall is a good place for uniformity, so using identical frames can have a calming effect.
Just like fruit, vegetables make for amazing arrangement alternatives to flowers because of their color, shape and texture. Try a mix of cauliflower, artichokes, mushrooms and rosemary sprigs. To arrange them expertly, first add a floral foam brick inside of the vessel after soaking it in water. Then secure each vegetable in place by pressing it to the floral brick. Once they’re in place, fill the gaps between them with rosemary sprigs.
Even a small plot of land can add beauty in all seasons and serve as a pollinator habitat, says Evelyn J. Hadden, author of
"Hellstrip Gardening," (April 2014, Timber Press). This waterwise hellstrip garden in Boise, Idaho, features yucca, lavender, and both white and yellow flowering varieties of buckwheat (Eriogonum).