It is snowing! Rats! But it is soon time to be planting your seeds or picking your perennials for the best materials for pressing.
Soon my hellebore will break the ground and I will be right there to pluck. I hate to do that, but I do not have a lot of them (however, I do have another source ! )) I love them and here is an example of how I used one. Also shown in this design is candytuft, crocus, daffodils and Carolina Smoke Tree seeds. The hellebore (also known as Lenten Rose) is a very nice plant because it is a perennial and it blooms for a long time. It is not showy-you have to look for it. The blossom is shy-it closes the petals and faces the ground. Mine is purply green. They also come in a more rose shade.
Soon after, my clematis will bloom in all its glory. What a great flower to press. The vine climbs around my mailbox.
Those centers can also be pressed-they make nice funky things.
This design also shows candytuft, nigella pod, blue salvia, zinnia and Carolina Smoke Tree seeds.
My clematis blooms all through June and into July. The blooms are a deep burgundy.
When you press flowers the color will often change; especially the reds.
Then it won’t be long before the daisies and the columbine start to bloom
This design also has rose buds, scabiosa (pin cushion flower), strawberry leaves, crown vetch and a zinnia. I like to put an accent of orange or yellow in my designs.
These all make wonderful note cards and if you double click on the image it will take you to that information.
So now, plan your perennials. Before long they should be going in the ground. (Wish they could just jump in there-it’s the digging that I HATE).
What are your favorite perennials??