The sprig of lavender reminds you of that sunny road trip south. As you drove with the windows open, the whole car smelt of this wonderful plant. You picked the Astratia in a meadow during a lovely picnic. It was growing on the border, where the shadow started and you took a nap. The ragwort comes from your own garden. For months it filled the garden with colour. And on the table lies a beautiful red rose, a souvenir of your holiday romance.
A child again
Save the memories of the summer by pressing and framing plants that remind you of a lovely moment. You’re bound to have pressed flowers as a child — can you remember how?
Firstly make sure that the plant or flower that you want press is not too thick. Place the plants and flowers between the pages of a weighted book: ideally a beautiful old botanical encyclopaedia for the sake of nostalgia! Leave the plant or flower to press for at least 3 weeks. If the plant flower is not properly pressed yet, place between two clean pages and put the project at the back of your mind. The next time you remember to look, they will have turned out beautifully.
On the wall or on the dresser
You can place the finished product in a beautiful frame or a glass case. One glance at it will take you back in time. You can almost smell the memories.
What to buy where?
You can get your favourite flowers from the florist or online, the glass box at nkuku.com, the golden scissors are available online at A- La, a secondhand book you find at a bookshop or at hive.co.uk, and you can get the frame from Trouva.co.uk.