Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine Flowers

Many flowers can be pressed and used later to decorate bookmarks, frames, writing paper and cards. To press flowers, they must be fresh and in good condition. Blossoms, flat-type flowers, leaves, ferns and grasses work best but the petals from larger, thicker flowers can be removed and reassembled without the centre. Sandwich the flowers between sheets of smooth white paper that will draw the moisture from the petals and keep everything in place while inside a big book. Do not use paper towel as the petals will take on the same texture that it has.
Flower presses are an excellent way to preserve flowers and you can build one yourself from scrap wood. (pictured is my home made press) All that is required is a couple of squares of plywood (1.25-2.5 cm thick) making sure they are the same size (as big or small as you want), four each of lag screws, washers, wing nuts and some pieces of cardboard which is used to separate the layers of flowers. The lag screws come up through the corners of the bottom piece of wood and the washers and wing nuts are used to tighten the top piece of wood down. It is important to tighten each nut evenly to distribute the pressure between the top and bottom layers of the press. Whether in a book or a press, allow thirty days before disturbing your flowers because they can wrinkle easily when you are peeking at them before this time.
Enjoy Valentine flowers when they are fresh and then think about saving them for a keepsake.
It's Friday and I'm joining Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday.  And, because Valentine's Day is on Monday, I am sharing a great big heart for my gardening friends.
Made entirely of fresh impatiens, I photographed the double hearts at a garden centre we visited on our trip to Alaska last year.  If I remember correctly, it stands about 20 feet tall and is just beautiful up close.

17 comments:

  1. I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw that heart!!! OMG I LOVE IT!!!!
    thanks for linking in this week....I absolutely am jealous of your valentines tea!!! Are you gals going to go to the outdoor living extravaganza in Toronto? if you are interested...here is a link to my post about it...if you get tickets online...there is a code word in that post to get you a special gift!
    http://www.tootsietime.com/2011/01/coming-soonto-canadian-city-near-you.html

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  2. Hi Judith, Ron and I had our picture taken in front of that heart! Thanks for stirring a good memory. I appreciated you sharing the idea to press your Valentine Flowers, too - how timely!
    Blessings, Beth

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  3. Hi Judith,
    I love pressed flowers... so romantic!
    Wow on the floral heart, what a beauty:-)))
    Have a great day!
    Bella

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  4. Hi Judith, Thank you for the instructions on how to make a flower press, I need hubby to make me one. He will thank you,LOL. Love the valentine heart. Take care, hugs Jen.

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  5. Great post and reminded me I put some flowers in a book in the fall to press...hmmm you think they are done yet hehe.

    Blessings Kelsie

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  6. When I saw that heart I knew I have seen it somewhere else and then it dawned on me, I saw it at a garden place in Alaska too!! Too funny!
    Thanks for the tips on pressing flowers. I have always wanted to do that! I think I will try it this year!
    Ann

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  7. Hi Judith: I must say I am the bad one cause I do put my flowers in a paper towel and then squish them between pagers of the telephone book. Yours is much nicer. At one time I had a little kit of silica crystals that I used to dry flowers in. Love the big heart. V

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  8. WOW! Beautiful flowers. Well, done.

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  9. I have an old book press that is perfect for pressing flowers. Most of the year it sits gathering dust, but when I need it, I'm happy it's there.

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  10. It's been a long time since I pressed fresh flowers....thanks for the reminder. And that Impaiten heart, ooh la la!

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  11. Wonderful reminder to press some flowers this coming season, I love the look of yours. The impatiens heart is absolutely beautiful....what a fantastic Valentine!

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  12. WOW! That is an amazing heart garden - love it! Thanks for sharing, Paula from Idaho

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  13. How special that Heart is! Thanks for sharing the photo!!
    Sandy
    thewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

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  14. Wow on the heart share - that is truly a Valentines Day image. Happy Fertilize Friday

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  15. I occasionally press flowers and leaves in a large dictionary. Since I don't open it often, this seems to work.

    I don't know how "new" your header and borders are, but they look amazing! I can almost smell the lavender!

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  16. Your pressed flowers are so lovely, Judith. I can think of so many things to use them for. I'm not hugely successful in pressing flowers but I do a lot of leaves each autumn. – g

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  17. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have that great big heart of impatients to see every day!!!
    Love the pressed flowers!!!

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