Drying flowers: a simple and imaginative art
Are you looking for an activity that combines the beauty of nature with the creativity and power of fantasy? Well, drying flowers is for you. Keeping compositions of dried flowers at home helps to brighten the rooms and improve the aesthetic balance: the main advantage, moreover, is that they require much less care than fresh flowers, and do not risk wilting or rotting. Given that the species that are most suitable to be dried are lavender, hydrangea, buttercup but also ornamental garlic and thistle, we discover the different drying techniques.
The different drying techniques
The easiest to put into practice is, of course, air drying, which is especially indicated for roses: all you have to do is place the flowers in an airy and dry place away from light and heat sources. According to gardening experts, however, the flowers should be tied upside down: to ensure an impeccable result, moreover, it is sufficient to use hair spray, covering the petals with a transparent but resistant patina. Equally widespread is drying on a surface, ideal especially for mosses, pine cones and lavender: they must be spread out on a cardboard surface, at a certain distance from each other (but a wooden board or paper is also fine newspaper). The important thing is that the air is able to circulate without problems: in order to speed up the drying of the mosses, then, it may be useful to create the plan by superimposing one sheet of newspaper on the other. Drying on the grid, on the other hand, is recommended if the flowers are attached to berries or buds, and therefore have a rather heavy upper part: in this case, the use of a grid allows you to insert the laid or petiole, so that the flower remains above the grid. In addition to flowers, this technique is ideal for thistles and cobs. Vertical drying, on the other hand, shows all its effectiveness with heather and mimosa. The flower must be placed in a vase containing water; between them, the different elements must be sufficiently spaced, so as to allow gradual absorption and prevent the leaves from curling up (there is also the risk that the colors will disperse by dehydration). Sea lavender also benefits from the vertical position, as well as the rush: in these two cases, however, there is no need for water for drying, as dehydration occurs spontaneously.
Two more methods for dry the flowers concern the pressing and use of chemicals. As far as pressing is concerned, it is applied for dried flowers to be used inside frames, glass or paintings. They are then crushed with a specific press, or in the absence of this tool, much more simply, under some rather heavy book, taking care - however - to use absorbent paper as protection.