Snow on the mountain is one of my favorite flowers because it compliments as greenery for fresh cut bouquets. Did you know you can dry this beauty and also use it for home decor? Well I was curious so I tested a batch this summer and the results were amazing.
Today’s tutorial will cover how I dried snow on the Mountain; these tips can be used for almost all cut flowers which makes it fun to experiment on flowers you may have growing in your garden right now.
Flowers Dried for Home Decor
Most flowers that you would dry are going to be annuals, these would include, larkspur, celosia, bells of Ireland, sunflowers, straw flower, varieties of statice, corn flower, snow on the mountain and so on.
Perennial flowers to dry include, delphinium, some roses, baby’s breath, lavender, globe thistle, hydrangea and heather. Peonies grow from a bulb and can also be dried.
I’m sure they’re many others but these are the most common; if I skipped some please share!
This year I planted one batch of snow on the mountain because with everything going on it was difficult keeping up while making my way through the heat.
To learn how to grow this flower check my planting tips from way back right here. I’ve been growing this beauty for years and even though it’s an annual I look forward to planting every spring and summer.
Removing Flowers for Drying
One of the most important things to remember about cutting flowers to dry is this… “Don’t wait till they’re past full bloom or ready to expire!” Harvest right when they look their best which is normally right after they bloom.
The reason is, they will be less brittle and have better color once dried.
When harvesting annual, pull the entire root with the stem. If the flower is a reproducer, then leave root in the ground and clip long stems from the base as this will help the plant reproduce additional blooms.
Harvesting perennials or bulb flowers for drying is the same rule of thumb but we’re only cutting the stems from the plant base.
Prepping the Stems for Drying
With snow on the mountain it’s really easy to prep for drying but you might want to wear gloves because sometimes the sap can irritate skin.
- Remove the root by clipping away 2 or 3 inches
- Remove bottom leaf foliage
Since we just clipped those stems sap is everywhere and it’s sticky. This won’t be a concern with most flowers so just keep working because you can clean up later with soapy water.
I like to band off the flowers with twine; some folks use rubber bands; do what works best for you.
Wrap the twine around the stems of the bunch, in this case I had 7 cuts loaded with blooms so I wrapped the twine around the bundle several times and left additional length to hang for drying.
We’re going to air dry for about 2 weeks because we want them to completely dry out. They hang upside down allowing the flowers to dry evenly in a straight-line formation.
Once the stems are dry, they’re ready to take down and use in any floral decor your home is seeking. Decorating ideas are endless and the most common way to use dried flowers would be in wreaths or centerpieces.
Later this month I’m going to share a couple things I made to display dried snow on the mountain. They’re simple pieces but really reflect that natural look that I prefer over silk or imitation flowers.
Now, what are you waiting for? Get out in that garden and see what flowers you might have that are perfect for drying.