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 us <smile>
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.
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.
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 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 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.