I had exactly four minutes to whizz around the charity before the school run this week. I needed baskets for the many ongoing home organisation projects I have on the go and had spotted a few when it was closed. The baskets were easy to find so I had 3 minutes 30 seconds to spare, in that time I found a lonely teacup, patterned plate and this beautiful little flower press.
Preserving Nature’s Beauty Using a Vintage Flower Press
To coincide with my treasure hunt, my dining table has been a wash this week of slightly fading flowers and craft projects. I’m working on a couple of weddings and the garden is full of brazia maxima and a stunning white Anemone called The Bride. My little ones have been busy crafting too, making newspapers and painting glittery abstract pictures. It’s been wonderfully chaotic.
However, in time for the weekend I have cleared the table but wanted to save some of the beautiful flowers I had grown. I’ve been pressing flowers over the years and find they press best when the flowers are fully open and on the older side. I’ve noticed a few mouldy pages in books where I have been a bit too eager to preserve a petal and ended up with a soggy mess. The flowers on the table were at the perfect pressing point, still open but old enough to not make a mess. I pressed a mix of Geums (a new spring favourite), perennial ranunculus and the flowers from a Guelder Rose, I planted 12 bare root plants three years ago and they are coming into their own this year. They looked so pretty, I had to take these quick photos!
If you are looking for some more flower pressing ideas take a look at some of these posts I’ve written over the years. There is so much you can do with with flowers…
And by some strange coincidence I looked up the HARP charity shop where I purchased this flower press from and found out they’ve had a massive fire this week and are looking for donations. It makes me so sad and its one of the good ones, if you do have anything please drop it their way.