I´ve been working with dried flowers since I was a teen. I have tried nearly every way to dry frlowers from silica gel to hang drying to water drying! My preferred methods now are:
I like my dried flowers all natural (no dyes, please!), a bit curly and crusty! I look at dried flowers as a way to prolong the life of my summer blooms, but just for a few seasons more. I don´t need them kicking around much longer than that. I see a lot of claims and statements from companies of fake flowers or dried flowers or artificial stems who use the selling point of making flowers last forever. That actually drives me away from their products and I think those sort of statements show just how disconnected we are from nature. Flowers and greens don’t need to last forever. Ít is their fleeting nature that make them so appealing to us.
Here are a few tips to make a wire-free dried wreath:
-Use flowers like statice, strawflower, or hydrangea because they retain their colors well (hydrangea might change colors but they will remain vibrant).
-Use a biodagradable twine so that the entire wreath can be composted. In the tutorial, I used a suede twine because it was what I had on hand. It can be removed and then re-used.
-You can see instructions for the wreath base and more fresh-to dry, and dried flower projects in Field, Flower, Vase.
-After you fill the wreath out, hang it up and add in extra stems to finish off the design. You can secure them with twine or free-stem it by using the grid you have already created to hold them in place.
Peonies are a favorite for most people in late spring! The showy blossoms emit the sweetest, rarest fragrance, and the fleeting time period they are available makes peonies all the more desireable. Stunning on their own or mixed in with textured, seasonal stems, peonies offer a happy, pastel note to any room.
I made this arrangement with:
Privet is such an underrated filler! I loved mixing it in here. The Cecile Brunner climbing roses were cast-offs from a local landscaper. They have a very unruly, unkept look about them which contrasts so beautifully with the perfectly formed peonies. The climbers add a wild note to the arrangement to keep it from being overly sweet.
Be sure to conditon peonies properly and refresh water for the ultimate long-lasting peony arrangement.
Try these tips for peony arrangements:
Try using peony greens for the base of your arrangement or for accent.
If one or two peonies in the bunch is too old and falling apart, remove all the petals and use just the center of the flower for texture and interest in your arrangement.
Keep peonies away from bright sun if you want them to have a longer vase life. They are very sensitive to warmth and light.
Take a look at the full peony arrangement video here:
If you are interested in shopping your local wholesale flower market to buy flowers in bulk, you need to know about the application process and if you are eligible to shop there. The requirements vary city to city and country to country, but this video gives you an overview of how to go about getting access to your market.
- Some wholesale markets are open to the public at certain hours.
-Most markets have early morning hours only for the trade.
-Wholesale floral markets are meant for florists or people who are using flowers in a product. If you are not a florist, and your market does not have public hours, it is best that you source from other places (examples here)
-If you want to shop for the trade, during the first hours of the morning, for the best selection, you will need to go through an application process.
-The application process involves showing that you have your floral business registered and set up!
For more information on sourcing, you can join me for a free 45 minute training where I detail all of the sources available to florists, and my own sources I use as a stylist and designer.