Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yarrow

Last week, I went to lunch with Carol, my favorite stepmom.  We ate at one of our favorite restaurants and afterwards browsed at a thrift shop where we both admired some beautiful antique Fiestaware and liked it so much that we each bought ourselves a service for eight.  With all the matching serving pieces.
 
Well, not really, about that last part.  But, one can dream, right?
 
After the thrift shop, we went and clipped some yarrow to use for dried flower arrangements.  It grows wild along the sides of the road in one of the nearby neighborhoods. This variety is bright yellow, but there is also pink, yellow and red yarrow.
 
 
When it's fresh, it has a strong, lemony aroma.  We cut a big bunch for each of us.  At home, we took the leaves off while they were still soft and let the flowers dry out.  If you wait until the plants are dry, the leaves are sharp and stickery.  When they're soft, they just peel right off.
 


The color will fade as they dry.


We've had such hot weather lately, that it's hard to imagine Fall being here anytime soon.  However, when it does, I'll have a nice arrangement of dried wildflowers and memories of a sweet summer day.


4 comments:

Mari said...

I can't believe that yarrow grows wild there! We plant it around here. It looks beautiful in mass like that.

Mereknits said...

The yellow is stunning.
Hugs,
Meredith

deb said...

we have yarrow throughout our garden & found they are wonderful for keeping mosquitos away! always have a little bouquet of them on our outdoor table ♥

Susanne said...

I love yellow flowers. Such a cheery splash of color and what a great idea. I wonder if yarrow grows wild around here somewhere. I'll now be on the lookout in our river valley walks.