Pressing Flowers in
You may think that
your ability to press flowers will be severely limited in the winter
months. but the solution lies mainly in your flower selection. For example, you
probably won't have much luck pressing African violets unless
you put a lot of work into them.
There are flowers that
bloom in the winter, and pressing these flowers is a
rewarding experience. They add diversity to your pressed
the best flowers to grow and press is the hellebore,
an evergreen perennial that keeps its
vibrant colors throughout late winter to spring, even
in the snow. Hellebore has
a small bulb, about to 2 inches.
great flower to press is
Winterís Hope Camellia. The four-inch flowers are
mainly white and it has a nice glossy, leather-like leaves.
A perfect complement to
the flowers when pressed.
pansies are easy to grow, and the flowers bloom in late winter months and spring in a
variety of colors. Planting
this flower in your garden will give you more
flowers to press, plus they look pretty in the garden.
Don't let the
cold of the season keep you from enjoying
flower pressing. Fresh flowers aren't hard to find in the
winter; some, you can grow indoors as a house plant. Think
Christmas Cactus, Rosemary, Caladium, Ivy...
You can find many
flowers at your florist; keep going back because a lot of very nice
flowers are seasonal. To find out
which flowers are in season go to the International Floral
Buy Fresh Flowers
If you have a federal
business ID you can choose from a huge variety of fresh
flowers that are suitable for pressing from any wholesale florist at very reasonable
You can find one by doing a Google search for "wholesale
florist + your city. If the first wholesaler you go to
doesn't carry a great assortment of flowers, move on to
another until you find one that's right for you.
Flower farms dry-pack
flowers they ship; flower wholesalers can and do keep these
flowers in their coolers for up to 2-3 weeks depending on
the flower. If you're buying hydrangea or orchids be sure to
ask when they were delivered. And make sure you
condition your flowers,
they may look slightly wilted but they're fine. They just need a
drink of water.
If you buy flowers from a
retail florist, be aware that almost all of them buy their flowers from a
wholesale florist. If you get flowers from the florist to
press, sometimes you'll get better results than other
times. This does NOT mean you did something wrong.
buying roses, choose spray roses. The cost is about the same
but each stem has 4-6 flowers. They're smaller too, about
the same size as a sweetheart rose. If you want really big
roses, get South American flowers.
Nordlie exclusively because of their superior quality
and freshness; they've never let me down. They have locations
in 3 states.
In Michigan they're in Warren, Flint, and Grand Rapids. In Florida
they're only in Tampa. In Ohio they're in Cleveland, Dayton,
and Newton Falls. If they don't have the flower you want,
they're happy to order it for you.