Fresh, dried, and silk flowers

Flowers add a lovely finishing touch to any home. They look wonderful on the hall table, sitting in the middle of a dining room table, or in front of a fireplace. Anywhere you have a place they will brighten a room and it does not matter if it is a formal bouquet, a country bunch or a single flower in a vase. I tend to follow what is in season, however I also love to have dried flowers and silk flowers for the times when fresh flowers are not as available. 

Fresh flowers 

Always use a clean (glass or ceramic) vase and trim all the leaves that will be below the water line as well as the base of the stem. Add fresh filtered water to the vase with a teaspoon of sugar or plant food, this will prolong the life of the cut flowers. It is also best to change the water for fresh cut flowers every couple of days and trim the base of each stem. If you don't, the water can get a little green and not so nice, and the flowers will also start to droop much faster. 

Dried flowers

All you need to do is tie the flower upside down in a cool dark place and leave for a few weeks. Once dry they can be arranged as you wish. The added benefit with dried flowers is you can add a base of bicarb soda to the vase with essential oils mixed in. The sent from your chosen oil will fill the room. 

Here is a list of flowers that dry well (however, don't be afraid to experiment):

  • Delphinium
  • Marigolds
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Carnations
  • Hydrangeas 
  • Roses
  • Yarrow

Many leaves dry very well, but I love eucalyptus as they hold their shape and colour. 

Silk flowers

Add silk flowers to fresh leaves during winter as they give a boost of colour that may not always be available. It is also nice to add a few drops of essential oils to the silk as this will boost your room aroma.