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.
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.