With hundreds of gorgeous bouquets delivered through our webshop, we’ve been looking at ways of transforming these flowers into beautiful preserved keepsakes. We spoke to local flower preservation specialist Susan Fowler from Susan Fowler Bouquet Preservation to find out more about the art of preserving flowers.
Make your own bookmarks and greetings cards by gluing the petals to card. Dried flowers look beautiful on the pages of a scrap book or arranged into a picture frame or paperweight. The Victorians used dried flowers in jewellery, which often held a cryptic meaning. For example the pretty blue forget me not indicated messages of remembrance.
Pressing flowers is a great rainy day activity for kids, so why not try it at home? If you’re looking for beautifully arranged flowers to use, check out our range of English, seasonal bouquets available on our webshop.
Here’s a quick guide from Sue to pressing flowers
- Make sure the flowers are quite dry before you press them, this should help them avoid going brown and mouldy
- Lay the flowers between sheets of white absorbent paper – anything with a matt finish will be fine
- Sandwich the paper in newspaper, and finally put a piece of cardboard on top and below
- Place a heavy book on top and don’t peek at it for one week
- Keep the flowers pressed for about three to four weeks, checking every so often
- Only use a little glue on the petals as they're delicate
‘Flowers have sentimental meanings to many cultures. We love to surround ourselves with flowers, whether it’s sprucing up the garden, or filling the house with vases of colourful bouquets.
‘Their colours and shapes universally attract us. There’s something about a flower that evokes powerful memories, whether it’s a rose presented with a marriage proposal, or a lily from a bridal bouquet.
‘Whether it’s the love of the memory, or the flower itself, people want to savour the beauty of flowers for as long as possible. That’s where flower preservation comes in.’
Man has preserved flowers since earliest recorded history. In the Middle East, bones of a pre-historic man were found with a mantle of preserved flowers. Archaeologists discovered through the remaining pollen grains that specific flowers were used.
Experts like Susan are passionate about preserving flowers and have years of tried and tested methods. This ensures consistency, so speak with a professional first for the very best results. Visit Susan’s website, or find her on Facebook or Twitter for more details.