You probably already know how much I adore bouquets of fresh flowers
My favorite bouquets are simple and usually a bunch of one flower or color.
The ranunculus I found this Spring were favorites and right up there with peonies
on my list of must have flowers.
I love a bouquet on the table in the dining room
and tend to gravitate toward pretty pink blooms in here.
A bouquet of flowers is a perfect finishing touch to a room
They don't have to be huge or expensive-bouquets-
just an inexpensive bunch of roses or stock is perfect.
But what do you do with those pretty blooms after they are done blooming?
Do you toss them or save them? I know that not all flowers are good for drying but I do love it when they can be dried and used again and again.
Last Summer was hot and dry all Summer long and those bunches of fresh flowers
that I had in the house from June to September dried perfectly,
So, yes, Autumn was big with dried flowers over here ;)
and I have to say- they were some of my favorite displays of them so far.
My Simple Autumn Mantel from last year was decorated with dried roses
and the Autumn mantel in the guest cottage was covered in
dried hydrangeas, roses and various wildflowers as well.
I love tying simple small bunches of them on the orchard ladder
and also on the exposed beams in the kitchen in the cottage
There is just something about the row of those flowers that makes me happy when I see it.
I also love to just simply place them in a basket to set on a chair
for charm and a touch of fragrance
These red roses were clipped recently from a climbing rose in our yard and are drying in this basket
They are small blooms and very open- without a lot of petals.
These do tend to drop a lot of petals as they dry and so they do best in the basket
I do love dried rose petals and their fragrance too.
Even as flowers are dried and their petals turn a pale brown-
they are beautiful and make lovely display where ever you use.
I have never dried flowers any other way than naturally
though I know there are several ways to do it.
Most often I simply tie them upside down and enjoy their
beauty and charm even as they dry.
Has anyone ever dried peonies and had good luck with it?
They are one of the flowers that I have had a harder time drying and keeping.
I would love to know the best way to do that if anyone knows.
These peonies dried perfectly for some reason
but I have no idea what I did that worked.
I am also excited to share something fun kicking off this week~
I am joining a group of bloggers in celebrating Summer!
Starting off over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia today
and continuing to June 27th and to a fun link party and giveaway!!
Hope your week is off to a great start