Every season has it's perks. And to me, having a leisurely walk through the garden harvesting flowers for drying is one of summers peaks!
We use them in all sorts of things. Soaps, bath bombs, salts, scented bags, potpourri, crafts etc.
There is just something so whimsical about the slow, careful harvest, sorting and placing of beautiful flowers and petals on trays to dry. The sweet fragrances rising to meet you. It's all joy!
And it couldn't be easier. You simply pick what you need and place them on a baking sheet or tray, well spread out to allow for air circulation. Store in a cool dry place that gets good airflow. Ours go in the bay window on trays.
This is suitable for rose petals, smaller blooms, wild flowers, clover, lavender, cornflower etc.
More tender flowers like pansies are well preserved pressed in a heavy book.
We have focused more on our kitchen garden than flowers these past few years. What we've planted have been for the bees ☺️ But it still surprises me just how many flowers there still happen to be that are suitable for drying. I do recommend sowing wild flowers. They need no care, and never disappoint. That part of the garden now has a life of it's own that we just get to enjoy alongside the bees.
We've also picked little blooms on wild walks and adventures. You don't need a big garden to dry flowers.
On your next walk, how about picking a handful of flowers in a bunch and hang them upside down to dry when you get home. Wild flower bouquets are beautiful too.
I love how these dry flowers will bring summer with them in whichever way they're used.