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Lower South

October, 2010
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Drying Flowers and Foliage for Arrangements
With fall here and many of our garden flowers soon to leave with the first frost, now is a great time to preserve them by drying. Dried flowers make great decorations and can be used in various ways as garden gifts. Drying Flowers and Foliage for Arrangements from Missouri Extension is a great resource with very helpful information on a variety of drying methods, including using desiccants and microwave drying. A list of flowers suitable for air drying is included.

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Larkspur
Larkspurs (Consolida spp.)are very easy to grow in the lower south both from fall planted seeds or winter planted transplants. The plants produce tall bloom spikes in spring that bear pink, purple or white blooms. While the single form is the most common, double forms are also available. Give them a well drained location with full sun to bright partial shade. Children enjoy these flowers and as an added treat, a close look at the center of a single larkspur bloom reveals a white rabbit head including ears. Take note, however, that the plants are poisonous and necessary precautions should be taken if young children are around.

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