Hey does chicory grow in your area and considered working with it? It isn't native to the US and is fairly common along roadsides, and has been in bloom the last month or so.
Yes it does! In the late summer you can’t swing a stick without hitting some Chicory. I’ve tried to work with it in the past and I have made a few pieces with it, it’s just that the flowers are so, so, so delicate that they can barely stand up to being dried, nevermind embedded.
I’ll definitely try again this year, as I do every year, and maybe have better luck then.