If you have been following these posts you will realize that this is finally the last of my planned short series covering dried flowers in their many forms .. one of the biggest trends to come out of 2020 floristry. So many lovely dried flowers, leaves and grasses in so many great colour ways!
This post is all about caring for your dried creations once you get them home.
What to do to keep them looking good.
Two simple rules
Two simple things to remember: 1. keep them dry- so not for the steamy bathroom 2. Keep them out of direct sun to preserve their colour. Remember this and your dried flowers, foliage or grasses will last and last.
Once a fortnight go over a dried arrangement with a feather duster. You can also occasionally grip the base of an arrangement or vase bunch and turn it upside down whilst carefully giving a gentle shake.
Pump up those petals
With older designs some of the more delicate flower petals can further shrivel or dry out over time. This is especially true of peonies and larkspur. They can be revived by placing the flower head in a stream of steam ( avoiding singing!) which plumps up the petals once more.
Place them safely
When adding slim dried stems to fresh flowers add the slim stems last, pulling their stem ends down rather than pushing on the delicate heads. Put your vase in an out of the way place where it can be seen but not knocked as some dried plant material can be brittle and collapse easily.
So that 's it.. you now know enough to grow, buy, dry and care for dried flowers, foliage and grasses.
Have fun with them.
Helen at Verdila
So you fancy a bunch of dried flowers. You are right on trend! Part 3 of my dried flowers series is all about named commercial dried material out there that you can order or buy to enhance your vase or bunch. Part 1 was all about garden plant material that you can grow and dry yourself easily, part 2 considered dried wedding flowers. Lastly part 4 will be all about caring for those dried flower vases.
So this post is all about good dried material that is out there to buy. Some of this is bleached and some preserved to enhance the flower or foliage so that, amazingly, it can be even better than the fresh version!
Here is my top 10 of dried flowers commercially out there.
Now for my top 10 dried foliage that you can buy. These are really fabulous. Consider just showing a few together on their own or include them with a few fresh roses for a wonderful arrangement
My Top 10 dried foliage, pods and dried grasses
Where can you find out more ?
Try https://www.atlasflowers.co.uk/blog This site is all about comercially prepared dried flowers or ask your local florist as more are now selling dried bunches.
Just drop me a line if you are interested in a bespoke dried flower bouquet too!
x Helen at Verdila
Would you choose dried flowers for your big day? You would be right at the forefront of this current trend that looks like lasting for a while. To help you consider dried flowers rather than silk wedding flowers or fresh wedding flowers for your nuptials,I have gathered some pros and cons when choosing and using dried flowers for your wedding.
Choosing dried wedding flowers
Problems with using dried flowers:
Silk v dried flowers?
Another alternative is silk flowers. I have had requests from some brides looking at artificial or silk flowers as a long-lasting post Covid answer but I think dried real flowers are a good alternative because silk flowers nearly always look fake and always cost quite a lot more per stem than the corresponding fresh flower. Only if a particular flower is not in season or if you must have a delicate flower like a poppy that has a short life once cut, then an artificial flower comes into its own.
Also, you do not get a scent with artificial flowers whereas you can with dried flowers if you choose wisely. Silk flowers can be heavy with all the wire and are not biodegradable like fresh or dried flowers.
How to include dried flowers in your wedding
I prefer to take the middle ground and incorporate the dried with fresh in bouquets rather than do just 100 per cent dried posies although I do like the particular dried wedding posy that I made and is the photo taken for this blog! May be it all depends on getting the right balance of colours and shapes in the end, something that you choose a professional florist for.. Bleached foliage and dark stems can look stunning when set against fresh roses for instance.
Helen at Verdila
Creating beautiful flowers with a contemporary twist