In September I was inspired by an article in BBC Gardener’s World Magazine about a woman who dried dahlias. On a whim, I picked some of my dahlias and zinnias, and hung them upside down to dry. I added a stem of golden rod and some of the smooth hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) that were already a pleasing shade of green.
Later I picked cardoon flowers and hung them on the rack, along with some of my Granvia Pink strawflowers. These excellent annuals been sent to me for trail by the Suntory folks. I also noticed that the developing seed heads on my Stoke’s asters (Stokesia laevis ‘Blue Frills’) were a lovely pale sea-green color, so I cut those and dried them as well.