Early Autumn: The Allure of Dried Flowers

I love the earthy naturalness of dried flowers. This year, I planted a small crop of zinnias with sweet color-names like candy pink, raspberry sorbet, and cool crayon. I've had a prolific crop which is still going strong. It really is true, the more you cut zinnias the more they bloom. As it happens, I've had a few years experience drying lavender. In fact, since most of our lavender crop is dried, I tend to look at everything growing at the farm and automatically wonder about each plant's drying potential - flowers, herbs, ornamental grasses, you name it. So I started hanging zinnias in our drying room at the barn. 

Of course, most dried flowers, including zinnias, look totally different than their fresh counterparts, especially the color. Still, they seem to be a perfect fit for fall decor and even weddings where something dried can be used either as bouquets or as a supporting decorative element. And consider this: Dried flowers last forever and will never wilt. 

Dried Provence lavender at Hauser Creek Farm