Cut…cut…cut…bunch…bunch…bunch… I do a lot of this June through September. Now is the time of the year to harvest everlastings–those flowers and branches that hold their shape and color by simply air-drying.
The rafters of our barn home are slowly filling with Larkspur, Baby’s Breath, Tansy, blooming purple Oregano, Peonies, Roses, white and yellow Yarrow, Feverfew, and Lavender. More will follow–much, much more–like Silver King & Queen, Wormwoods, Chinese Lantern, Bittersweet, Broom Corn, Hops, Love-Lies-Bleeding [Amaranthus], Costmary blooms, and Globe Amaranth [Gomphrena].
I don’t like the tedius cutting and bunching and hanging part of it–but the pay-off is having an abundant supply of natural botanicals for wreaths and potpourri, come Autumn. That’s when it begins to be FUN!