Monday, March 27, 2006

Drying Hyacinths

Now that the Country Living Fair has finished I have brought back all the flowers which decorated my stall. Most have still a lot of life in them so are now ranged about the house, but the ones that got squashed on the way home I have dismembered and will dry to add into this year's pot pourri.
Hyacinths are unusual as the individual florets last well out of water. It is possible to make delicate garlands, jewellery and headdresses by threading the florets onto thread or wire. These will last a couple of days before drying. The florets also look very pretty in bowls - here is a bowl filled with a couple of dismembered heads of Pink pearl and Carnegie. They would make a great alternative to confetti.

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