Foraging and Pressing Flowers


How

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foraging

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pressing

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The most exciting part of my week right now is going for a long walk. I go to Beckenham park which is large, beautifully overgrown and full of wild flowers. As well as soaking up the birdsong and eyeballing the huge trees and forests of bluebells, I’ve been taking home a few wildflowers each time I go.

I’ve not really been able to get hold of nice flowers to spruce up my flat in the local shops so instead I just put a few handpicked flowers in old vase and decorate my table with these. Coupled with a few bowls filled with lemons, limes and apples this gives me a colourful display without any waste.

The other thing I do with these flowers is press them. I don’t have a proper press, I just put a few blooms in between the pages of a notebook and layer lots of magazines on top. The flowers take a few days to press with various levels of success. Daisies don’t look particularly good when pressed but the little white and yellow sprigs that seem to be everywhere work really well. It’s trial and error really!

I then put the pressed flowers in frames, attach them to handmade writing paper (made from cut-up brown paper) and paint them. They are even useful to make into wrapping paper. My rule is to only pick wildflowers that there are a lot of and only pick a few each time. It’s a simple and free way to decorate, whilst really appreciating what is already around us.

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