Maple Wings From My Tree

Maple Wings, Pressed Plant Material From the Acer Family

Colorful Wings From A Maple Tree

Early each spring, my Maple trees wake up from their winter hibernation. As the leaves burst forth from the branches, these wings come in with them only to fall off and die a few days later.

I love these naturally bold, vibrant colors, and shape. This could easily turn into a dragon-fly, fairy, or fantasy flower… I know what I’m doing with my grand-daughter Rosie the next time she spends the weekend with usĀ  <smile>

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Pressed Pink Rice Flowers

Pressed Pink Rice Flower

Pink Rice Flowers, in the Pimelea Family

 

Fresh from the press this week we have pink Rice Flowers. These are easy to press and turned out great. They came out of the press just like the color of the fresh Rice Flowers.

I’m looking forward to getting some fresh white Rice Flowers. I think they’ll keep their nice white color very well.

I really like these.

Experimenting With Color Retention in Pressed Flowers

Working on Poor Color Retention

Using Bad Flowers to Improve Processes

Having a bit of mad-scientist in me I am working with an expert in the floral field to improve color retention in pressed flowers using techniques that are formulated for both pretreatment color retention and post treatment color enhancing.

Pressed Flowers

Flowers That Are Well Pressed With Good Color to be Used for Experimemtation

Today I spent most of the day going through my pressed flowers looking for bad specimens to send off to the lab for testing. This is exciting for me and my friend in the dried flower industry. I’m happy to be involved in this research and will give periodic reports.

These flowers are good, but they all hold their secrets. Let’s see how it goes.

Pressed Pink Heather

Pressed Pink Heather Flowers

Pressed Deep Pink Heather Fresh From the Press


Fresh from the press, I have a lovely deep pink Heather. Color retention in Heather is excellent, and even the foliage keeps its color, I love it. Heather is one of my staples. It should be yours too!

Heather from the florist also comes in white, and also with great color retention. I’ve had some for years that are still as white as the day they came out of the press.

Pressed Solidago Dyed Red

Pressed Solidago Dyed Red

Pressed Solidago Dyed Red Using Floral Absorption Dye

Solidago, commonly called goldenrod, is in the aster family, Asteraceae.They are herbaceous perennials found growing wild in fields, meadows, pastures. I picked these myself from a nearby field and brought them home to press. This is an easy plant to press.

The Solidago flower is naturally yellow but this has been dyed using a red floral absorption dye.