Everything You Need To Know About Dried Flowers

It’s winter time, there’s less sun in the sky and plants and flowers are all under a cold bed of snow. Flowers may not be the first thing on your mind at this time of year but we are here to change that.

Let’s be honest, we all love a big bouquet of gorgeous, fresh, bright blooms but living in Colorado, fresh flowers in the winter season are just nearly impossible to come by. The fact is that it is more sustainable to use dried flowers in these seasons if you still want to use local florals, which we do.

“The day is over, the people have gone, but the memory can last forever”. It’s a fact of nature that flowers fade, but by drying blooms you can preserve the beauty, while also preserving the significant and sentimental value.

History of Drying Flowers

We have always had a desire to surround ourselves with natural beauty and flowers are our favorite way to fulfill that. Whether they are being used medicinally, aromatically, or for cosmetic purposes, flowers have always had practical and symbolic uses. One of the earliest methods of preserving flowers is by drying.

Our ancestors have been using flowers for countless purposes for many centuries. In fact, in the Middle East, the bones of pre-historic man were discovered with delicate wildflowers in the graves probably as tribute to passed loved ones. Many things we connect with in our daily lives have origins in Egypt and Rome and dried flowers are no different. Flowers were discovered in Ancient Egyptian tombs that were over 4,000 years old. Egyptians have always had a great love for flowers and have used them for joyous occasions, sorrows, and victories throughout history. Egypt was even one of the first to even recognize plants in a national sense. They relied on flowers, including dried, to make perfumes, cosmetics, and decorations.

It’s no surprise flowers were extremely popular in the Victorian ages. Flowers were in fact, essential for a fashionable appearance in Victorian England. Drying flowers was a very popular hobby and preservation method and they would use dried flowers to design pictures. Victorians would also add dried flowers to jewelry, fans, gloves, and other fashion items. The Victorian era was of course when the “Language of Flowers” came into play so flowers were obviously a huge part of their culture.

How To Use Dried Flowers

Dried flowers have the ability to boost your mood and elevate your aesthetic. As much as we love potpourri, there are countless other uses for dried flowers as well. Just to name a few:

  • Weddings
  • Dried Floral Wreaths
  • Home Décor
  • Table Centerpieces
  • Dried Floral Crowns
  • Jewelry
  • Pressed into Frames

Weddings + Events Using Dried Florals

When choosing florals for weddings and special events, we believe it is important to compliment the season and your surroundings. For this reason, dried flowers work so well in the winter time in Colorado. Dried flowers create a whimsical charm and the chance to use local blooms even when not in season. As much as we adore dried flowers, we wouldn’t actually recommend using them for your wedding or special event in the spring time. This would simply take away from the gorgeous benefits one gets from using fresh blooms in the most fresh time of year. Spring time and dried flowers just do not compliment each other as well as they do in the fall and winter months.

Elopements are the trend of the year and one of our absolute favorite ways to commend a marriage. We think winter and elopements go hand and hand so we came out with our Winter Elopement Dried Bundle.

Our Dried Flower wedding package is artfully designed to compliment the winter in Colorado season. We put the same amount of effort and creativity into this package as we would a fresh blooms package as the end result of the flowers is the only difference. Due to the fact that flowers tend to shrink once dried, the bouquets are created as a more petite design.

We feel it is important to mention how essential it is to hire a professional to create your dried flowers for your special day. As well as importance of hiring a professional photographer. The reason for this is that sometimes dried flowers may look a bit stiff and inflexible. We create our technical designs with the ability to display movement. Adding a flowing ribbon to your bouquets can always guide motion. Your professional florist and photographer can show you the correct way to hold your dried flowers in a way to create more movement as well.

How To

Properly dried flowers can persist for years after harvesting. For this reason, they are often referred to as everlastings or immortelles. Although, there are several ways to dry flowers, we like the traditional method the best. Many plants retain their shape and sometimes even color when dried naturally. So, how is this done? It’s rather simple actually. You secure the stalks with twine or rubber bands, hang upside-down, and store in a dark, yet well ventilated area.  You will want to create a very low humidity area and the heads should be staggered to promote air flow. The drying period depends on the material and where and when it was harvested. Most materials will take a few weeks to fully dry. Fruits, like most berries, and plants with high water content have historically been left for the spring and summer seasons as they are not as durable once dried.

Although many plants and flowers are able to be dried, some work better than others. For example, roses and peonies dry wonderfully and keep their shape where are lilies tend to be more fragile and fall apart. We love working with magnolia, eucalyptus, and other similar types of greenery because they are so complimented while dry as well as fresh. Wheat and other grasses, pods, such as poppy, all work very well dry. Flowers can take a different, unique, shape that is so magnificent when dried, however, when it comes to white flowers they tend to not keep their color well.

If this process is unavailable to you, not to worry, we have an entire wall in our studio dedicated to drying flowers. Many of the products we create using this method are available here, as well as our fresh bloom products and works of art. Wild Blossoms Studio Shop