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    Default Dried flower inspiration

    As an extension of my new found cut flower habit, I am planning on drying flowers and bits for the quieter times. After copious googling and you tube vids I have some rather lengthy lists but you can't always trust what you read. I would be grateful to know what sucesses and failures grapes have had, any recommendations, tips etc. List so far (and I haven't got all of them but am not admitting to what I have )

    Flowers

    Astrantia
    Corn Flowers
    Helichrysum (strawflower)
    Hydrangea
    Larkspur
    Lavender
    Nigella (love in the mist)
    Pink Pokers (Russian statice)
    Roses
    Statice

    Seed heads

    Alliums
    Chinese Lanterns
    Echium
    Eryngium
    Honesty
    Poppy (esp. Hen and Chick)
    Nigella
    Nigella Orientallis
    Scabiosa
    Teasel

    Grasses (inc. Cereals)

    Barley
    Bunny Tails
    Corn
    Frosted Explosion
    Oats
    Quaker
    Rye
    Wheat
    Mixed Annuals

    Foliage

    Bay
    Eucalyptus
    Rosemary
    Skeleton Leaves
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    I've grown helichrysum, statice, lavender & honesty specifically for drying. Anything else has been accidental.
    Bay and rosemary I wouldn't dry but pick fresh.
    How about hydrangeas? They're easy.
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    How about Allium seed heads. Dry themselves, dead easy!!!
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    I have a yellow flowered yarrow in my garden that has turned out to be very good for drying. It looks like Achillea filipendulina aka the fern-leaved yarrow. It's a very tough, hardy perennial and self-seeds very easily if you let it. But that won't be a problem if you cut all the flower heads for drying.
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    Allium christophii has particularly spectacular seed heads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zelenina View Post
    Allium christophii has particularly spectacular seed heads.
    True, but they do detach easily from the stalk when dried. I believe in the wild it then rolls around, blown by the wind, scattering seed as it goes.
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    All allium seed heads are fantastic in a dried flower attachment. Two tips that might be helpful. Some of the taller varieties and bigger seed heads, their stalk can bend over - easily corrected by pushing pipe cleaners or other support inside the hollow stems. Also if you don't let the allium seed heads fully dry before arranging, when in the arrangement the seeds will be released and you will be forever hoovering the fallen seeds up.
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    That's a very handy list Norfolkgrey, I already grow a few of them, but want to try to diversify next year.

    There's another flower Gomphrena or Globe amaranth which I've read is also good for drying.

    I've been growing helichrysum for a few years now, and although they're one of my favourite dried flower I still haven't mastered how to dry them without the stems breaking. But one thing I have learnt from experience is not to hang them to dry in a darkened shed - the colour fades by doing that. I tend to pick them when they're almost fully flowered, strip the leaves off, and place them flat on a sunny window sill to dry. I find the flowers will open as they're drying, and the colour stays as bright.
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