I’ve been working with Strawflowers this week and they really are the best winter flowers. They dry like jewels, each one holding the magic of the sun. I use every part of these flowers…the prettiest blooms get made into wreaths, if/when the fragile stems break I thread the heads into garlands. When the buds burst open I collect the tiny seeds for the next crop, any ugly or used petals get collected, boiled and turned into a dye bath ready to dye silk for ribbons. Any spent stems go to the compost bin ready to nourish future flowers, nothing gets wasted. I love the cyclic nature of nature and try to use every single part of the plants that I grow. Whilst my style of arranging flowers seems wild and free (it is!) my planning is detailed and researched. Growing on a small scale means I cannot afford to waste a single plant spot and these flowers fulfil every requirement.
Crafting with flowers is a really great way of getting to know them before you start growing (which can be intimidating). If you are planning a cut flower patch this year I’d definitely carve out a spot for these treasures. Search “strawflower seeds” and a list of seed suppliers will appear. Choose the colours that most appeal and get sowing. I’ve had my best crop when I sowed the seed on my kitchen window sill in early March using a really simple packet of multi coloured flowers from Lidl! Plant more than you think you need – I nearly lost the whole of my crop last year to a slug attack!
If you like to come and make with me I’m running a Dried Flowers Wreath Workshop Saturday 29th January 2022, 10am – 12pm, £55 pp email me email@example.com to book.