Floral Design forum: How to dry flowers

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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Mar 12, 2010 6:19 PM CST
Here are a few quick tips on selecting the right flowers for drying!

1 - Select flowers that are in their prime. IE: if you are drying celosias select plumes that still have bright and vivid colours. Stay away from blooms that have started to brown. For strawflowers cut before blooms are fully open.

2 - Make sure flowers are well watered and not wilting. Cut either mid morning or in the evening.

3 - Do not use flowers that are wet. If you must cut in the morning wait untill the dew is dry.

4 - Tie flower stems together in bunches and hang up-side down in a cool, airy and dark place out of direct sun.

5 - To keep your dried flowers looking their best display them in a place out of direct sun which will cause the blooms to fade.



If you have any other tips please feel free to post them!
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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haighr
Jul 22, 2011 1:38 PM CST
This is an ongoing dried arrangement I made years ago. Each year I add at least one flower from my gardens. It started with flowers that the kids would get me for Mom's day and has just progressed.
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I can't find the photo right now, but when our daughter's best friend's husband died unexpectedly, I collected flowers from all of the many arrangements and Steve made a wooden ladder with old barnwood and I placed small swags all over the rungs. She still has it standing in the corner of her living room.
“If you feel you’re being picked on, you should talk to the flowers in my garden!” ~ cgl
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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Canadian Roses Seed Starter Tropicals Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Steven
Jul 25, 2011 8:58 PM CST
Thats really nice Candee, I like the idea of adding to the swag each year. Also the ladder is a really nice idea to remember a loved one. Smiling
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jul 30, 2011 12:33 AM CST
Candee - What a wonderful idea to do that. Usually flowers after a funeral are long forgotten, but that is a great reminder of all those that loved the deceased! Thumbs up
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Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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haighr
Aug 1, 2011 5:39 AM CST
Thank you both. I come up with a good idea every once in a while! I tip my hat to you.
“If you feel you’re being picked on, you should talk to the flowers in my garden!” ~ cgl
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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Canadian Roses Seed Starter Tropicals Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Steven
Aug 8, 2011 11:24 AM CST
I stared drying the first flowers of the season a few days ago, White Strawflowers, Hyssop, Scabiosa seedheads. Thats just the start, I'll keep harvesting till frost. The love-lies-bleeding is in full bloom now too........but I can't cut that one yet....its too pretty!
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
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haighr
Aug 8, 2011 3:48 PM CST
Please post photos of them hanging.
“If you feel you’re being picked on, you should talk to the flowers in my garden!” ~ cgl
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