I love always having a jar full of fresh flowers in my space, from fluffy hydrangeas to delicate peonies to fiery birds of paradise—especially when they’re snipped from my family’s garden. Alas, these bouquets are fleeting, but it is possible to extend flowers’ beauty by drying them.
Here are three ways to preserve your backyard or cutting garden’s floral bounty or that of your local CSA, farmers market or florist. You’ll have flowers even in the colder months, and it will save you a little money on arrangements, too.
Remember, with so many different flowers and climates, you may need to test out and tweak which method works best for different types of blooms and, of course, which you enjoy most