What in the world are the bits and pieces in the photograph above? The interesting shreds of variegated plant material are the remains of a Hornet’s nest. In the Fall and Winter I stay on the look out for hornet’s nests. After the colorful Autumn leaves have fallen to the ground, many homeowners are horrified to see how close the football-shaped hive of buzzing activity has been to where they live and play. I, on the other hand, being a bit of an odd duck, feel a thrill…I sense something unique to use in my pressed flower creations.
Hornet’s nests are composed of chewed up plant material and wood. Very few, if any, survive the winter weather intact, and after high winds or storms I often find them laying beneath their host trees. I peel away the layers and press the paper-thin remnants in heavy books. They are easily cut into shape and can be fashioned into many interesting compositions when combined with pressed flowers.
I’m sure I don’t need to leave a note of caution here about when to collect hornet’s nests….do I? Buzz BuZZ BUZZ!!! Ouch!