|Hydrangea: July / September|
|Persicaria: July / September|
pressed back in July. My initial idea was to press them and frame some and maybe use one or two in personalised paintings. However, when I saw them I thought I had to do something more with at least some of them. They looked lovely framed and I am definitely going to do this again, I think they'd make lovely presents with the name of the pressed flower and the year written on them. My sister, Averil, gave me two giant pickle jars a while back and I had been thinking about what I could use them for, there are so many options. I have painted jars and bottles with glass paints before and used them as candle holders and I also considered attempting sealed bottle gardens for Sadie and Holly or planting beans in them to watch them sprout. When I saw the pressed flowers I had an idea that I hadn't considered before and it is one that, if I didn't like the end result I'd still have the jars to use for something else.
I washed and dried my two large pickle jars. I keep every jar and had a few nice ones to choose from. I wanted something with a small base but with a bit of height. I put sand and a teench of gravel in these.
When the flowers were dry I pushed the stems into the sand and then sat the small jar in the big-jar lid and screwed the big jar on upside-down. I had planned to glasspaint a couple of butterflies on each jar and also to glue one or two of the hydrangea up high on the back inside wall of each one.
When I saw how they looked with just the jar of flowers in sand though, I stopped there, I think they look great. A very productive day for cut flowers and dried flowers here although the garden does look a little sad right now. The flowers we pressed today will yield another flower craft day in a couple of months so we'll have that to look forward to and, hopefully, people will keep eating pickled gherkins and we'll get a few more of these massive jars.