"‘Did you ever know that a flower, once withered and freshened again, becomes an immortal flower, – that is, that it rises again?’"
--Emily Dickinson, as written in a letter to a friend
This will mainly be a post of photos of my plant pressings. I made these using heavy books as well as my handmade wooden plant press that is pictured in my previous post here.
Flower pressing tutorial coming soon!
(1) Pansies, lavender buds, and marigolds. Flowers that were on our NYE 2018 cheeseboard, a vibrant welcome to the new year.
(2) Daisies. From a bouquet of flowers that Chuck gave me.
(3) My plant pressing keepsake book.
(4) Dietes iridioides (Fortnight Lily). The bloom only lasts a day. Collected in my neighborhood.
(5) Bauhinia x blakeana (Hong Kong Orchid Tree) fragrant flower. Collected in my neighborhood.
(6) Side by side: Hong Kong Orchid Flower and Fortnight Lily.
(7) Carnation petals, preserved in a book. From another bouquet of flowers Chuck gave me!
(8) A mandala of carnation parts.
(9) Two daisies, a yarrow leaf, and cannabis leaf. The white daisy was from a birthday trip, growing next to our camping tent in Sebastopol.
(10) Yarrow flowers and a variety of Nepenthes pitchers. The pitcher plants were given to me by a friend to add to my pressed plants collection. Some of these are still filled with dried insects!
I collected the yarrow from the beach in my neighborhood, where it grows profusely.
(11) Pitcher plant close-up.
(12) More Nepenthes pressings.
(13) Hedera helix. An arrangement of leaves in my wooden plant press. From my very own ivy plant.
This is what it looks like just before I close the top plate and press the plants.
(14) Work table with an assortment of plant pressings.