Dried flowers have a certain stigma that probably manifested itself in the musty potpourri bowls of houseproud homemakers in the 80s and 90s. But if you ask me, a dying bloom is not deserving of this reputation.
Air drying is the traditional way of drying flowers, the petals will shrink and colour will change to a dusty vintage hue.
For the best result, pick flowers late in the morning, or afternoon when any dew has dried and they’re fully open.
Cut unwanted foliage from the stems, tie in small bundles with a rubber band and hang upside down in a cool, well ventilated space, out of direct sunlight.
Depending on the conditions and type of flower, drying could take a couple of days or a few weeks. They’re done once they’re stiff and dry to the touch.
Not all flowers dry well, so it’s best to experiment to find a result you’re happy with. Your flowers will lighten in the drying process, and darker flowers will retain more colour when dried.
This is a selection of peonies, lavender, delphinium, thistle and poppy heads along with a few other foraged finds. Roses, hydrangeas, marigolds and chrysanthemums work well too.
Once your flowers are dry, try stringing them into a garland, or stick single flower heads on the wall with washi tape. Or if you’re game… try your hand at making some potpourri!