Having fun with the beautiful pink peonies. Next to bloom, hydrangeas. I can't wait to take product shots with the blooms!
I started pressing some of the flowers for the fleur journal. Mock orange, red clover and violets were the first early spring blooms this season.
I did not use a large book or weight to press the blooms. The blooms were placed in a small notebook. The main objective is to dehydrate the bloom so you really don't need a big heavy book to do the job.
I thought I'd press the flowers and reserve their blooms and then this fall and winter work on the illustrations and the descriptions. I'll be keeping a journal on their unique plant progress. Some secrets and planting tips. Some of which I've recently discovered..
This spring, summer I have planted more than ever before! It will almost be a full time job to keep up with their progress, but a job I'm looking forward to!
Bee balm, moon flowers, baby's breath, cone flowers, roses, larkspur, straw flowers, corn flowers, aster, zinnia, fever few, spearmint, lemon balm, and the list goes on.
I am on the hunt for a small lemon verbena plant and want to pick up a lemon grass starter at our local farmers market. The Amish family always have healthy little lemon grass plants. Whenyou plant it, watch out! Start with an over-sized pot as it grows by lengths and bounds! I had to transplant last years lemon grass several times and even that wasn't enough! The roots grow rapidly. I'm highly allergic to the herb! That doesn't mean I don't like it! I cut and dry the stems at the end of the season and the fragrant stalks are used for filler in baskets and such. You could easily dry the foliage to use for cooking the same way. By the way, citronella is the same family. It's not uncommon to be allergic to this herb. Use caution with any herb. There are more than several that can cause allergic reactions.
I hope you're enjoying spring!