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Kinds of Dried Florists to Decorate Your House

January 20th, 2014 9:46 am

Dried flowers can be used individually or grouped into bouquets. Adding other touches, such as leaves and herbs, enriches a bouquet’s color and texture. Get creative with your own flowers or find them at the market.

Roses and Lavender

These flowers dry well, with the red, pink and purple varieties holding their color better than white and yellow. Lavender is a very commonly used dried flower. Technically an herb, stalks of lavender can be added to vases or made into wreaths. You can also strip off the dried blossoms and mass them in a pretty crystal bowl. Their scent extends if you crush a few with your fingers.

Wild and Other Flowers

Dozens of flower types are available — just don’t pick any that might be on an endangered or state flower list. Yarrow, artemisia, safflower, flax, broom corn, blue cornflower, thistle, daisies and anything with a firm look to it can be dried. Other flowers to use are delphinium, globe amaranth, hydrangeas, pearly everlasting, larkspur, celosia coxcomb and straw-flower.

Dried Bouquets

Mix and match flowers of different heights, sizes and colors to create bouquets and arrangements for your home. One way to provide contrast and visual interest is to add grain stalks, such as oats, millet and wheat, or eucalyptus and curly willow branches. Seed pods, pussy willows, cattails and teasel are other excellent choices. Herbs make an ideal addition, too. Add sprigs of rosemary, thyme, mint or lemon balm to the bouquets. They can be in flower, or just use the greenery. Picked fresh, these can be hung to dry much like the flowers.

Additional Thoughts

Many dried flowers last a long time. One of the issues you’ll be faced with is dust collecting. If your flowers aren’t encased or kept in a cabinet unexposed to dirt and dust, you can take the decorations outside and just blow them. Or use a blow dryer set on gentle and cold and hold it several inches from the flowers to remove much of the accumulated dust. Alternatively, cut and dry new flowers periodically for a more fresh appeal. If you don’t grow your own flowers to hang and dry, you can find many at farmers’ markets, floral shops and some grocery and home stores.

Growing Blanket Flowers

August 20th, 2012 4:20 am

Planting and growing blanket flower is not hard and you will be sure to receive mounds of bright, colorful blooms.

Step 1
Select an area in your garden that receives full sunshine and drains well. They grow best in full sun, though they will tolerate an area that receives partial shade and sun.
Step 2
Clear away any weeds or grass that is growing in the area where you will be placing your blanket flower plants. You do not want them interfering with the flower’s growth and choking it out.
Step 3
Dig a hole a little bigger than the plant’s root ball. There is no need to amend the soil as blanket flower is very adaptable to a variety of soil types. It will not grow well in soggy, water logged soils.
Step 4
Cover the planting hole and press down upon the soil with your hands to sturdy the plant into the ground. This will also release any air pockets that may be remaining in the soil.
Step 5
Water the freshly planted blanket flower well. Continue watering two to three times per week for the first three weeks after planting. Continue watering once per week thereafter. If the foliage begins to look droopy, water the plant. Blanket flowers are drought tolerant once established.

Step 6
Prune the dead flowers from the plant. This will encourage the blanket flower to continue producing more blooms. Fertilization is not necessary, but if you are throwing it around the other plants, feel free to toss some on the blanket flower plants.

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