Flower pressing in autumn

There is no denying that autumn is here – the mornings are heavy with the richness of a change of season and the nights are beginning to draw in. It is a time to gather all the beauty that is left in the garden before frosts start calling and snatch the colour away.

I set this scene up in my cutting beds a few weeks ago for Papermash who I’m really enjoying working with. Lynne gives me full flexibility on what I shoot, this time I wanted to create an autumn garden gathering inspired by a tiny flower press I found on my travels. I’m a summer lover and want to find as many ways as I can to preserve the joy of warm and colourful days to keep me going during winter. Pressing flowers is a great activity for all ages, my children love to see the flowers get squished and I love to find forgotten blooms hidden between book pages reminding me of flower filled days.

To style I pulled together a mix of my favourite vintage linens and crockery. Printed tablecloths mixed with stripy plates and a handful of harvested figs, tomatoes and mini squash.  I wanted it to feel a relaxed space where friends could gather to chat, collect seeds and really take time to soak up the last of the season. I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to “play” this year, taking time out just to set this up gave me much needed thinking space and this scene ended up as a lovely workshop which is going ahead next week.

If you are short of time (hello!) then flower pressing is such a great activity to connect with nature and build your craft supplies for when time is a little more plentiful. If you’d like to see more crafty ideas these Flower Pressed Books and Pressed Flower Tealight Holders are for you! Enjoy. xx

pressing autumn flowers
  • green tomatoes and nasturtiums
  • pressed flower bunches
apricot cosmos
autumn tablescape with dahlias
  • autumn flowers in a cutting garden
  • fresh figs
flower pressing in the garden


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