When I moved to Wisconsin I knew little about Scandinavian countries, their history, heritage, food, you name it. That's no longer the case as this state is home to descendants of immigrants from many of those countries. I've come to love Swedish Gustavian furniture, Danish silver, Finish glassware and Norwegian cuisine in particular. That's why I am a fan of Loi Thai's blog, Tone on Tone which features interiors done with beautiful Gustavian antiques painted in shades of dusty blue-gray-green.
Loi is also a gardener and uses flowers, topiary and assorted plants as interior decor. I was definitely taken with his little bouquet of dried lily of the valley flowers and leaves when I saw it on Tone on Tone. And I vowed to create my own nosegay once it was lily season in my garden.
I like my little dried bouquet of Convallaria majalis 'Hardwick Hall' even though it looks nothing like the one in the above pictures from Tone on Tone.
My flower stems were long and dangly when I cut them and they dried that way instead of in a tight clump like Loi's. And the leaves never lost their green color. I wrote to Loi wondering if he did anything special but never got an answer. So this Spring I am going to try again but I will add a drop of bleach to the water and see if that makes them fade to brown. Or maybe I need to dry them in the sun to get that combination of bleaching and browning.
This is a bouquet that is the wrong size and shape for most of my vases. So I am letting it be the sole star of this week's post. Maybe when I try this experiment again, I will put the bouquet in the vase I want to display it in and let it dry in situ. To see what other gardeners are finding to put in a vase this week, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this Monday meme.