How to dry flowers and preserve their color By JACQUELINE GULLEDG

You can hang, press and even microwave a variety of flowers.

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Drying flowers can easily be done at home and is a great way to save your favorite blooms. (Photo: JP Chretien/Shutterstock)

Flowers are a beautiful addition to any setting, but the colorful blooms tend to only last for a few days or a week. Drying flowers is a great way to preserve them for display in a vase or frame in your home.

Depending on the type of flower, there are several different techniques for drying flowers that can all be easily done at home with items you have on hand.

When’s the best time to cut flowers for drying?

rosebudThe best time to cut a flower for drying is before the bloom is fully open. (Photo: Ildiko Szabo/Shutterstock)

To ensure the flowers retain the most color, cut them before they are fully open. The flowers should also dry in a dark, cool place so sunlight doesn’t fade the colors.

If you’re trying to dry a bouquet (like a wedding bouquet), it’s best to dry it as soon as you’re done using it since the flowers more than likely have been cut for at least a day. If you happen to receive cut flowers like roses, it may be tempting to leave the flowers in a vase until all the blooms fully open. However, if you really want to save the flowers for sentimental sake, you’ll want to dry them before they’re completely open.

What’s the best method for drying flowers?

Hanging

blue flowersYou can hang flowers upside-down using wire, a clothes hanger or a closet rod. (Photo: Mr_Ackley/Shutterstock)

The most common (and pretty much foolproof) method is to gather the flowers in small bundles or individually and hang them upside-down. I always use a clothes hanger and rubber bands, and I tie flowers together at the stem and then

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SUNFLOWER Edited by Chas Bogan

The sun is often employed magically to transform negative energy, and the sunflower is likewise utilized for the task of cleanisng and transformation. The sunflower itself is used to remove toxic chemicals from soil, including arsenic, lead and uranium. Sunflowers are so efficent at this that they have been planted near ponds in Chernobyl, where they extract caesium-137 and strontium-90. The sunflower, especially its bright petals, is used magically to remove jinxes and encourage positive outcomes.

Spiritualism, a religious sect that emphasizes communication with the dead, uses the sunflower as its emblem, saying “As the sunflower turns towards the sun, so spiritualism turns toward the light of truth.” This idea that the head of the sunflower turns as the sun moves across the sky is a misnomer; once the flowerhead is mature it statically faces east, however it’s young buds do shift throughout the day to maximize photosynthesis from the sun’s rays.

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The lucid light of day is the sunflower’s domain. When introduced to dreamwork, the sunflower greatly aids in lucid dreaming. It inspires prophetic dreams, and is especaially good revealing the truth about a situation. All this can be achieved by placing twelve sunflower petals in a circle around a single seed beneath your pillow at night.


To Celebrate The Summer Solstice
To Celebrate The Summer Solstice

Depending on the region you live in, harvest time for sunflowers may very, however midsummer harvests are common (around June 20th), therefore associating the sunflower with the midsummer sabbat (known also as Litha or Lithia). This celebration marks the high point of the sun’s influence, and so also the dusk of its declining influence leading to the sacrifice of the Summer King (known in Faery Tradition by various names, such as Crom and Twr). The sunflower is one of the Summer Lord’s emblems, and may be harvested for Litha and placed on an altar to ceremonially embody him. Address him with the following invocation.

Flower of Summer, King of Light
Behold the fullness of your might
From lofty throne must you secede
To be reborn again from seed

Celebrate now in honor of him. It is likely to be a bright, sunny day, so indulge in all the many glories he provides.

On the morning after summer solstice collect his seeds. Save these until the spring, then plant them to see the Flower of Summer rise again.

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Sunflower Mythology
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Selections on Sunflower lore from “Folk-lore From Adam’s County Illinois”

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