The Art of Drying Flowers Part 1

I’ve been drying flowers for a few years now, each year learning and exploring more about the ways to dry and what works best when drying. Previous years have seen me focus mainly on the those flowers that we all know dry well such as strawflowers, nigella seed pods, statice and all the grasses. These types of flowers and grasses are already part dried when picked, so the chances of success are high and the way in which they are dried simple.

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That Autumn Feeling Falls Gently Upon us

And here we are, September is slowly working its magic as the nights get longer and the sun loses its glare. Many flowers and vegetables are having their last hurrah as the heat from the summer we will all remember gradually fades away and everyone can breath a little easier. Because, I’m not sure about you, but wasn’t this summer intense? And I don’t mean that in a negative way, not at all, it was just a tad exhausting. I’ve had conversations with many folk who have been unable to stop this summer because they felt guilty about not being outside and enjoying the sunshine and heat that we all normally crave and wish for. Its a reflection of our culture I believe, this lack of ability to stop and do nothing.

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West Acre Gardens: a garden of dreams and inspirations

I’ve been visiting Norfolk for many years as both my mum and dad are now based up there as well my remaining grandparents. And for a very long time I would travel up and do the same things over and over again, visiting places I love such as walking the north Norfolk coast line to a favourite pub or eating in a much loved restaurant. But recently I have been making an effort to explore more, to step out of the routine that I fall into when I stay with my family and to take the boys to new places.

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Exquisite Fresh Pasta with Pressed Edible Flowers 

I’ve been wanting to try to make this for such a long time and so thank goodness for the rain that came today which meant I didn’t want to spend so much time in the garden and for the wonderful Zoe from Delicately Edible who sent me some of her home grown edible flowers this week. The perfect combination to give me the push I needed to try this little experiment!

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A Guide to Edible Flowers

Edible flowers are becoming more and more popular and you can now even buy them in Sainsbury’s as well as specialist online stores. They are also super easy to grow and make beautiful bedding plants which benefit from deadheading meaning you encourage more growth from the plants the more flowers you pick. Here is my guide to edible flowers.

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Decorating with Nature this Christmas

Styling my house  and table for Christmas is something I have always loved doing, ever since I was a little girl and I used to help my mother prepare her house. I still have some of the decorations she used such as silver clip candle holders that belonged to her mum. Back then there was a lot of oasis used to make big show stopping centre pieces and hanging decorations and whilst I still use many of the same things to decorate my house as my mother did, I have evolved my own style.

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An Alternative DIY Christmas Wreath Tutorial

The thing I love the most about Christmas is the abundance of wreaths and the acceptance by nearly all sane people to have them in the house and on the front door. There are a couple of styles of wreaths that I enjoy making the most, the wild and wayward variety that I teach at my workshops as well as the more contemporary festive wreaths like the one I’ll be teaching you here, which are made using a metal hoop as the base.

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