Dried flowers are increasingly popular, and here are some tips for varieties you can dry this summer.
(with acknowledgement to Flowers from The Farm)
Larkspur – stems must be picked when the plant is 90% in flower or before the bottom flowers start to drop.
Echinops – pick just before the first florets open from the spikes to retain a strong blue colour
Alchemilla Mollis – pick when almost all the small yellow flowers are out and they still look fresh
Cornflower – pick when flowers have just opened fully. Mature flowers will not dry successfully.
Chrysanthemum – pick just before maturity and dry quickly.
Statice – dont pick until all the little flowers are open, or the stems will go limp. Hang upside down to dry.
Strawflowers – pick before completely open as they continue to open when drying and the centres will become large and furry.
Nigella seed pods – best picked whilst still green.
Poppies – pick whe pods are mature but still green
Hydrangeas – flower needs to be mature and starting to feel papery. Hang upside down or put into a container with about an inch of water. Hydrangea Annabelle are not easy to dry.
Honesty – if picked when the seed pods are still green they wont peel.