I don’t know about you but I remember being given a flower press as a little girl, one of those old fashioned things with sheets of blotting paper between two bits of wood with some nuts and bolts at the corners. I don’t think I ever got further than putting a few daisies in before I got bored with the idea.
Inspired by my sister’s wedding in April, after a very wet Winter, when I was casting around for things to use as table decorations and ornaments, I thought I’d give drying flowers another go. I had been growing pots of violets and violas in the greenhouse to go on the tables and they had come into flower early. So to keep them flowering longer we had been busy dead-heading these beautiful little plants. The flowers are just so exquisite and delicate that simply discarding them seemed such an unbearable waste.
This time round with more flowers to press, I simply laid them out between two sheets of kitchen towel – so great for absorbing moisture. Then weighed them down with heavy reference books – gardening books in my case but I don’t think that’s essential to the outcome! I am lucky enough to have an Aga at home so this flower “sandwich”was placed on top of the clothes drying rack which sits over the top of the Aga’s top plates. With the Aga’s help, all the flowers were dried and beautifully preserved within hours and ready to be used for craft activities or table decorations. Without an Aga, I think within 2 days you would have the same result.