As far as pressed flowers go, I’d have to say that Mimosa is one of my favorite yellow flowers to press. Mimosa, with its beautifully rich golden-yellow color, still looks as fresh as the day it came out of the press decades later. Besides “Mimosa” this is commonly called, Thorn-tree, Whistling Thorn, or Wattle. This is a shrub in the Mimosa family and has a very nice fern-like foliage, as seen in the picture below, so press the entire plant!
I really like this palm, but unfortunately it’s too big for my 18×24 botanical press. These palms can measure up to 22×30. Time to improvise…My husband cut two pieces of plywood sized 28×36. I had a couple of old thick wool blankets from my grandpa that he got during WWII which I cut to size to use in my new press. Time to start pressing…
From experience with this particular foliage, I know that just putting it in the press doesn’t work… as the fronds dry they fold up in the middle and there’s no stopping it no matter how much pressure you use.
So I made a “bootie” for my iron with heavy cotton fabric cut to fit with elastic for easy removal and reuse. I then individually ironed each frond open (wool setting, no steam) and they ended up looking good and open with no damage at all from the heat; they were then nice and flat, so into the press. Working in layers, I placed a piece of wool over the wood, then wool, then palm, then wool, then palm and so on till they were all nicely in the press. Then the top board went on weighted with a cement block.
One week later, the palm is flat and dry; ready to mount in a frame as a pressed botanical specimen or as a background for an exotic pressed flower art piece. This is what the palm looked like fresh out of the press. A nice vibrant green… this has not been color enhanced.
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.