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A Guide To Drying Your Local Flowers

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

Hello, it's Jael here!

I’ve recently started working at floral support and I've taken over the instagram wedding page and now writing my first blog. When Rachel asked me to start writing blog posts, I knew right away that I wanted it to be all about dried flowers! I am loving this new (but old) flower trend that is happening right now and I have been drying and keeping lots of flowers in my home lately; I guess you could say it's my new hobby!


This blog post is perfect for those who love dried florals and want to get more value out of your fresh flowers. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t think about buying flowers that often... don't get me wrong, I love fresh flowers!! But when I do purchase flowers, I want to have them for as long as possible. That's why drying them is perfect for someone like me, and maybe you as well!



Here are the simple steps for drying flowers:


1. Clean off all the leafs

2. Hang them upside down in a dry space

3. And wait!


It's that easy. But the real question is, what flowers are the best for drying?



Roses


Roses are, and will always be, a classic fresh flower and dried!

As a dried flower, they hold their shape and look beautiful.


You can fold their petals back slightly to help them look more open and add to its beauty.





Scabiosa


Scabiosa is one of my favorite flowers. Comparing Scabiosa as a fresh cut flower to its pods are like two completely different flowers!


When the flower is left on the plant for longer, it will start to turn into pods which are perfect for drying! They have such a unique shape and texture.


Keep your eyes out if you see any Scabiosa pods, and if you do, remember to dry them!





Echinacea


I never thought of using echinacea as a cut flower before. The only purpose I

thought echinacea had was for a sore throat..! Now that I see them as a cut flower, they are one of my favorites.


Echinacea is pretty cool because as the season goes, their centre cone keeps getting bigger and bigger, until it reaches the perfect cone shape. That is when you pick them and you can take the petals off, leaving it at the perfect stage for drying. Their season is usually around the end of June until the end of August.


Fun fact! The generic name Echinacea is rooted in the Greek word pronounced echinos, meaning hedgehog, in reference to the spiky appearance and feel of the flower head. The things you learn from google lol!





Strawflowers


Strawflowers are great, reusable straws, for drinking echinacea tea! Just kidding of course ;)

Strawflowers are awesome because they are one of the only flowers that actually keep


their pigmentation through the drying process. Not only do they keep their colour, they


keep their shape after fully dried as well!




Dahlias


Just like strawflowers, burgundy and red dahlias will keep their color and the white ones will turn into a dusty beige. It's always a good idea to keep a couple flowers that have colour in your dried bouquets! The photo on your left is fresh and the other one is dried.




Lavender


You wouldn’t think lavender would dry so well, right? Kidding (again), everybody knows about dried lavender! I come from Quebec, where fresh Lavender is not planted on every curb side corner like it is here lol. From what I remember, I only knew lavender as dried and didn’t even think about it being fresh!





Alliums


Alliums are another one of the coolest and unique local flowers out there.

They look like they’re straight out of a Doctor Seuss book!


Alliums dry very easily. When you are done having them fresh in your home, empty the vase and place the alliums back in to start drying!


Alliums do take a while to dry but over time and they will change their look completely.

Just take a look at these photos!






Craspedia


Or you may know them as Billy Balls. Either way, they are one of my favorites!


They are so unique to me. Craspedia is one of the easiest flowers to dry, you can just leave them in a vase without water and they’ll dry by themselves plus they do not change much overtime.




To think that these are just some of the flowers that are good for drying!

I hope you found this blog helpful and inspiring to start drying your own flowers. Whenever you come into the cooler to shop for fresh flowers, keep this blog post in mind ;)


See you until next time,


Jael


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