As spring awakens, even the most impervious of spaces bloom with life. Forgotten corners burst into colour, as unruly weeds and wildly wonderful plants take over. Enter our limited edition Wild Flowers & Weeds Collection. We’re so devoted to these persistent posies that we seek to preserve their unexpected beauty through the art of flower pressing. They are fragile rebels, after all. And we’ve always liked a rule breaker… Here is a step-by-step guide to preserving your petals.
Pick your flowers and leaves at their freshest. Blot them dry gently with kitchen towel. We like how untameable the wild white Achillea appears, while lupins add some delicate, colourful beauty.
Trim your flowers. It is traditional to remove the stems entirely, but we love the wild meadow-like look that leaving the stems on creates.
Unearth your heaviest book, open it in the middle and lay a piece of parchment paper on the right-hand page. Place the prepped flowers face down on the parchment paper, ensuring that none of the petals are crumpled. Place another piece of parchment paper on top so that the flowers are sandwiched in between.
Now it’s time to close the book. Add some additional books/weights on top to press your flowers and keep them safe. Leave them undisturbed for 10 days. Don’t check them even though you’ll be itching to – a watched flower never dries.
After 10 days, your flowers should be thoroughly pressed. Lift the extra weights off and open your book to reveal your pressed petals. Carefully remove the flowers from the parchment – be warned, they are extremely fragile. Then all that’s left to do is to display them – be it gently glued onto a handmade Mother’s Day card or framed beneath glass. See? You’re a botanical artist!