This summer I started a new journal for jotting down garden observations, some creative writing ideas, some inspiration for this blog and in its pages I also began pressing a few tiny summer blooms.
It has been years since I presssed flowers - it may well be something that I haven't done since childhood - but I thought it would be lovely to have a few tangible samples of a summer garden dotted throughout the pages of notes about this season.
I particularly love the hydrangeas (from a roadside stall) and that bright yellow one is one of my cucumber flowers. It's delicate petals melded with the journal page so completely it looks like a water-colour painting.
Yesterday a kind crafter gifted the little girls their very-own flower press, so now we will be on the look-out for more summer blooms to save before the season ends. The press needs a new wing nut which I can get from a hardware store easily enough.
I've been pinning a few images of pressed flowers and looking for ways we might incorporate them into some craft activities. But, most of all, I just enjoy the slow art of picking and presssing these little summer blooms and seeing how they transform into tiny works of art.
A simple (and beautiful) way to preserve some of summer's goodness.