Tips for Drying Flowers – Method 3

Dry Flowers1 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 3Here is the third and last blog for the series of methods for drying flowers. Now you all have an open choice as to which method you find easiest and most suitable to dry out your flowers. It is always great to dry flowers and secure them for long as mostly we have great memories attached to those flowers. But keep one thing in mind, if you want to dry flowers don’t wait for your fresh flower to wilt or droop you need to start the drying process with the fresh flowers. Before you start drying keep one thing in your mind that you’ll need to remove any withered or damaged petals off the flower.

Drying Flowers Using Microwave:

Drying Flower 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 3If you like dry flowers but you just don’t have the patience enough to wait for till that long than you have a way out and that is drying your flowers through microwave. Drying flowers through microwave is a fast and effective way. It is a little difficult to dry flowers through microwave because than you need to be a little careful as the results may be not as desirable as they can be through air drying. All that works in microwave drying is the try and experience. The more experience you have the more will be your expertise to choose the right time for drying your flowers. When you dry your flowers in microwave you need to be more careful in selecting the flowers. They should be at their prime else they may turn out to be ugly brown in color. Drying in microwave is done with the drying agents. Place a layer of half inch in the box and then place the Dry Flower 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 3flower in it covering it than again with the drying agent. Place the flower in the microwave and do keep a small bowl of water beside the flower in microwave. After every minute or a half you will need to rotate the flower. Almost all the flowers get dried perfectly within 3 minutes but sometimes a rose may take about three and a half minutes. Keep checking your flowers for if they have dried every time you rotate them. When you think your flower is done and cooked well take it out of the microwave but do not remove it immediately from the drying agent. Let it rest and settle for few hours. Again experimenting will make you get to know better that how long any of the flowers is needed to be left in the drying agent. This time can be any where from 8 hours to about 24 hours.

Tips for Drying Flowers – Method 2

dry flowers1 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 2Drying flowers is fun and something that makes us keep feeling the pleasure of the love and care that we receive through flowers for long. First blog of this series have already reached you and here is the other method for you through which you can dry out your flowers.

Drying Flowers Using Drying Agents:

In first blog we got to know how to dry flowers in air. Now the method that you can use to dry flowers is through drying agents. Yes there are numerous materials that are used as drying agents for flowers. Mostly the flat type of flowers like pansies or daisies is best when it comes to drying through these methods. Drying agents that are used for drying flowers are silica gel, sand,dried flowers2 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 2fresh kitty litter and white cornmeal and borax mixture. Among all the drying agents silica gel is believed to be the most effective one. Drying flowers through drying agent would need you to have a dish or tray that is deep enough. In the dish lay an inch high layer of your drying agent. If you have flat flowers like daisies or pansies you can place them facing down in the drying agent and later pouring the drying agent over the flowers. If you have the flowers that have multiple layers of petals than you should place them facing upright in the dish or box whatever you are using. This way you can pour in the drying agent on to the flower making sure that it is completely covered with the agent. For drying flowers using drying agents you need to keep intact the stem of flower at least a half inch long. After you have completely covered your flowers with dryingdrying flower 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 2 agent keep them in the safe area or to accelerate the drying process and making it get done in short time you can use the microwave too. Check a flower for the dryness and if you find them even a little soft cover the flowers back and let them dry until they turn out to be dry completely and feels like paper. When your flowers have dried and you want to store them, wrap them carefully in a sheet of paper or newspaper and put them in a box. You can keep the box in your garage or store room. While you store flowers be careful of rodents or insects. You can use mothballs as a precautionary measure to remain saved from the problem.

Still there is another method left for you before you go for drying flowers, so you can choose the one of your choice that you find the easiest. Keep coming and checking around for the third and last part of this series.

Tips for Drying Flowers – Method 1

drying flowers 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 1People do like to keep the flowers for long with them. Sometimes these flowers are bought by us ourselves and sometimes they remind us of great happy moments as gifted by the very special people in our life over different occasions. Drying flowers and than using them in arrangements and other things help us in saving the flowers for years and helping us in remembering all those golden moments. There are majorly three different ways used to dry flowers. Here is how you can save your flowers too for years.

Air Drying:

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Air drying is the most commonly adopted method by people to dry out flowers. This one is really simple too. Just cut the flowers right after the dew is gone and remove all the foliage off the stems. After you have removed the foliage either hang each flower upside down with the bottom of stem tied to a nail or any thing else with the string. You can either hang each flower separately or form a bunch and hang it after tying it. Keep one thing in mind that hang the flowers always upside down so the petals and flowers head remain straight and doesn’t appear like the drooping ones when kept in vases. If you want to dry only the flower heads than place them on a sheet of paper or news paper. It is very important to provide flowers with appropriate environment for drying. Dry your flowers always in cool dark place because keeping them in sunlight would cause the flowers to fade out. Humidity, temperature, air flow are all the factors over which the time needed for drying the flowers depends over. It may take from 24 hours up to a week for drying flowers depending on their type too. Whatever you do or however you dry your flowers out they should feel like paper when dried and no more soft. After you have dried your flowers keep them out of reach of dried and forced airflow. This may cause the dried flowers to brittle and shatter. To remove the dust off your dried flowers you can use the soft brush or the hair dryer at the lowest possible setting.

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If you want to store your dried flowers than wrap them in the newspaper and place them in the cardboard box. When you store keep one thing in mind that they should remain out of dry or damp air reach. The temperature of storage place will not matter but the air is an extremely important factor.

This is the first method how you can dry up your flowers. Keep checking for the other methods to be shared shortly….. Till than have fun drying your flowers.

Drying flower tips and facts. Find out how to make your flowers last longer!

Flowers Info

Flowers Info 150x150 Flowers InfoFlowers is the right way to describe heart feelings with others and flowers make beautiful and friendly relationship even your friend or enemy is angry with you then you just give white and others colorful flowers  with some love and then you see how your flower magic and angriness is totally changed into beautiful and friendly relation.

beautiful Lilies 150x150 Flowers Info• Lilies:
The striking trumpet-shaped flowers are one of the oldest known to man and are thought to have originated in the Orient. Throughout the ages, they have been popular motif in both secular and religious art.
• Tulips:
The tulip, a symbol of life, love and immortality, actually dates back to thebeautiful Tulips 150x150 Flowers Infotime of Confucius. By the late 1600’s in Holland, bulb prices often exceeded the price of precious metals.
• Gerbera Daisies:
These lively, festive flowers originated in Africa and are now cultivated in a dazzling array of cheerful colors.
• Here is the list of flowers of territories and provinces of Canada.

British Columbia

Pacific Dogwood

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Alberta

Pacific Dogwood Wild Rose

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Saskatchewan

Western Red Lily

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Manitoba

Prairie Crocus

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Ontario

Trillium

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Quebec

Madonna lily

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New Brunswick

Purple Violet

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Nova Scotia

May flower

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Prince Edward Island

Lady Slipper

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Newfoundland

Pitcher Plant

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Yukon

Fireweed

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Northwest Territories

Mountain Avens

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Nunavut

Arctic Poppy

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Drying Peony Flowers

drying peony flowers1 150x150 Drying Peony FlowersPeonies are the beautiful flowers that are 6 to 8 inches wide and are found in red, pink or white colors. Peony are beautiful flowers to grow in gardens and equally beautiful to place indoors. You can dry these beautiful flowers up to save them for longer period of time. There is one common method to dry flowers and that is air drying while here I’ll provide you with the same to dry your peony flowers so you may secure the beautiful flowers that you got from a loved one in gift too.

1.    Cut your peony flowers only in mid morning before the late morning sun make the flowers open up fully. The blooms best for drying are the ones that are not fully opened. Peony flowers2 150x150 Drying Peony Flowers

2.    Cut the stems about six inch long and remove all the leaves off the stalk. Take 4 to 6 flowers in bunch and tie them with a rubber band at the bottom of the stems.

3.    Now hang your flowers upside down in a cool dark room. This can be a place like basement or a closet. The process of drying will take one to two weeks. You will need to loop a piece of twine in rubber band and hang it on a nail or hanger.

4.    Check your flowers after a week about drying. The drying period depends Dry peony Flowers2 150x150 Drying Peony Flowerson weather too as in winters because atmosphere is drier so flowers dry quickly while in summers as it’s more humid so it takes time in the drying process.

5.    Now carefully remove the flowers off the hanger or nail and carefully cut the rubber band.

6.    Now your dry flowers are ready to add beauty to your home for long period of time. Either put them in a vase or tie them up to form a bunch to keep over a shelf.

Special Flowers for Special Occasions

Whether its an occasion like, birthday, anniversary, wedding, birth, or just a moment that you want to make special for your loved ones for no reason and just cause to tell them that you miss them and they mean a lot to you, sending flowers would definitely add to the excitement and happiness that would be enjoyed by your loved one in that special moment. Here are some advices for floral arrangement on birthday 150x150 Special Flowers for Special Occasionshow you should be presenting or sending flowers to your loved ones over different occasions and events.

If it s a birthday get a floral arrangement that include gerberas and oriental lilies, as these flowers will make up a vivid and bright collection of flowers for the birthday girl or boy. You may add personal touch to it by adding the flowers in color that is liked by the person celebrating his or her birthday. If you want to add more excitement and freshness with your flowers, add up some balloons to it.
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If you have a couple in your friends or relatives who just had a baby so to celebrate the birth of this new born you can get a beautiful floral arrangement. The appropriate flowers are chrysanthemums, irises, lilies, gerberas and spray roses to be used in these floral arrangement that celebrate the new arrival and its excitement. /you may accompany a cuddly stuffed toy with it that would be part of the very first toys collection for the baby.

When someone around you has achieved the greatest day of their lives that is White lily with Yellow Gerbera and Roses arrangement 150x150 Special Flowers for Special Occasionsgraduation do celebrate and show them too that you are proud of them gerberas, roses and lilies in yellow and effervescent pinks are best to be usedin the floral arrangement prepared for this purpose.

There are times in one’s life when they want to say sorry and apologize to their loved ones for their mistakes and just saying sorry isn’t working than you should definitely go for sending a beautiful bunch of oriental lilies in bold orange and vibrant pinks. If you want to make it more striking than use orchids with purple and greens in contrast. This is something that will definitely going to make them say, I forgive!!!!
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The best time to show your concern is when a dear one of your loses someone close to them show your concern and care to them by sending flowers in light pastel colors like pink, whites and crème and use flowers like lilies, roses or orchids. These soft colors will surely deliver the message that you care for them and you can feel the loss and pain they are facing.

Floras for All

friendship flowers 300x225 Floras for AllFlowers are the most beautiful gift that could be given to anyone ever. Flowers are actually liked for gifting in all types of relations and on events or occasions because they have the capability to express every humanly feelings. Here are some tips for what role flowers can play in different relationships.

Flowers for Friendship:

Flowers are the fittest gift for a friend from a friend as the bondage shared by two people in a relation called friendship is as special as the flowers themselves. Pick some flowers that remind you of your friend in any way that is from any of his habit, his spirits, and his way of life or dealing with friends and send it to that special person in your life who has been beside you in every phase of your life good or bad and had been a great support. Flowers just enhance the pleasure and happiness obtained from any moment of life to cherish so celebrate all achievements or milestones of your friends’ life with them and gift them flowers to make these occasions unforgettable for them.

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When it’s about expressing your emotions to your romantic partner than nothing can be more suitable than flowers. Flowers show how special and caring you are, too.  The truth is that great relationships take love and care, not hard work. Take a step and some time out of your busy life and be spontaneous in expressing your love for your partner and see you’ll get double love in retune from your partner. It’s best to surprise your love at an unexpected time and place. Present the flowers in unique way don’t put them for her in very obvious place instead place them in a way that she finds them out surprisingly. Get arrangement delivered to her office before she reaches her seat in office and surprise her there. Flowers coupled with the element of surprise are a match made in heaven. Made her whole day by just surprising her early morning with the flowers as token of lover for her. No matter how busy life gets, or what challenges you face, remember the bond between you is what matters most. Its not just the red rose that will work always try to use other flowers as hint to your cherishing memories of past. A flower that you people saw in a before marriage meting of yours or the seasonal flower at the time of your wedding or the flowers used in your wedding decorations or inmom yellow flowers 300x204 Floras for All bridal bouquet. Things should keep changing and show to your partner that every moment that you spent with them holds importance for you.

Flowers for Moms:
Do our mothers deserve to get flowers as a token of thanks and show of love from us over Mothers Day only? No they deserve to get flowers from us everyday of the year. Make her feel more of your love and send her flowers surprisingly of the color that she likes or the particular flowers that she like to have by her side. Say “Thank you for the impact you’ve made on my life” to your moms today.

Qualities of a Good Floral Arrangement

Good Floral Arrangement 300x300 Qualities of a Good Floral ArrangementFloral Arrangement 300x201 Qualities of a Good Floral ArrangementOn the listing of life’s best surprises one is getting a flower arrangement that rejoices an important occasion or delivers a message that you are special to someone. It doesn’t even have to be a birthday or anniversary, because fresh flower arrangements always send the right message so it can be even no occasion yet the very true feelings of your heart delivered to that special someone. There are times when we receive floral arrangements and we just love them but if we notice we find out that some petal and leaves in arrangements are already appearing wilted. Or its is sometimes even that we just loved the flowers that we got and the very next day they appear to be all ill or in fact almost dead. Not all floral arrangements are created equal. Freshly cut flowers almost always look beautiful, but it is how they are handled from the point of cutting that will have one of the greatest impacts on the quality of the final floral arrangement.

There are certain characteristics that basically define that what qualities a good floral arrangement should hold or that we should look for when getting flowers for someone. Actually when people get flowers from us and they are drooping or doesn’t appear that fresh and artistically arranged its not just, that the sender is facing loss in terms of not getting right worth of his money spent but the receiver would also think that why the sender just couldn’t act a little more careful for sending flowers. The necessary characteristics are:

1.    One of the first is the freshness of the flowers, and that is determined by how the flowers are grown, cut, shipped, and stored.
2.    Choice of flowers sends the appropriate message.
3.    Arrangement presents artistry of florist.
4.    Arrangement is creative or exclusive.
5.    Artistic choice of colors used in arrangement.
6.    Meets customer expectations and desires.
7.    Arrangement has a fresh appearance.
8.    Arrangement is prepared in a way that keeps flowers fresh as long as possible.

If the floral arrangement is prepared keeping all these factors in mind by the expert florists than that would definitely communicate perfectly the message that is to be sent by the sender to the receiver and that is the art of the florist that he should make the flowers talk to receiver.

Types of Floral Arrangements

Floral Arrangements 300x300 Types of Floral ArrangementsFloral arrangements are important part of millions of peoples’ life everyday in the world. There is no other thing that is common as gift than flowers. Flowers have universal language so are used throughout the whole world for every occasion like birthday, wedding, anniversaries, religious celebrations or even over deaths and sad moments. Flowers arrangements are made based on different principles to make them appear nicer and balanced. There are different styles adopted too by the florists that define their lines for work. All the three styles oriental, traditional and modern are so different from each other that you see a huge variety of work with flowers, twigs and leaves done by experts.

The type of floral arrangements can be divided into four categories. These are categorized on the basis of the different ways in which flowers are being arranged by the florists using their expertise.

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Floral bouquets are the simplest form of all floral arrangements. As compared to other types of floral arrangements, bouquets are easier to assemble too because of no much involvement for lines and other consideration in order to make it more presentable. The most famous flowers used in bouquets are Roses, carnations, daisies and tube roses. The simplest of all and yet this most common form of floral arrangement is the most liked one too as many people who are simple and wants their message to remain simple and straight use this type of floral arrangements to deliver their feelings.

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Floral baskets are another form of floral arrangements that are really popular with people especially for gifting purposes. Different types of baskets in different sizes are being used while preparing these arrangements. Choice of flowers is also made taking in consideration the size of basket. Sometimes these baskets are arranged so beautifully that they do not only contain flowers but also chocolates and fruits. These special baskets are prepared on occasions and gifted particularly on events like Christmas, Mothers day and many other local events in each of the country in world. While these flower baskets are very famous for presenting over formal dinner invitations too and sometimes on casual ones also. In many countries its part of ethics and culture than when some one invites you for a dinner or a meal flower wreaths 300x300 Types of Floral Arrangementsover their place you take some floral or fruit baskets with you as a token of thanks from you over their courtesy for inviting you.

Floral Wreaths:
The wreaths are the form of floral arrangements that are formed in circular garland type shape and is all made up of flowers and foliage. It’s simply more of looks like a wheel that is being made of flowers stems and leaves. These floral wreaths are basically meant for honoring or celebration. These Floral wreaths are widely used over funerals for honoring the deceased and often given as welcome gift to guests invited over dinner on occasions like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. These wreaths basically appear to be a very beautiful form of floral arrangement specially when made with white flowers for funerals.

Arranging Fresh Flowers

Arranging Fresh Flowers 300x298 Arranging Fresh FlowersFresh Flowers Arranging 300x225 Arranging Fresh FlowersFresh flower arrangements add color, fragrance and style to any venue. Here’s how to make a beautiful fresh flower arrangement to gift friends and family or to decorate your own home. A colorful arrangement does not only add warmth to your home but also brighten a dark corner or room. Here are some tips on how to arrange fresh cut flowers.

1) Whether you purchase cut flowers, grow your own or gather them from a field, select blooms that are firm and plump, with clean, unbroken stems. You can tell just by looking at them if the flowers are healthy or not.

2) The size of the flowers must be according to the size of the vase, basket, or container in which your arrangement will be placed and make sure that the height of the tallest stem is one and a half times the width of the base of the container.

3) Use flowers and foliage with different shapes, colors and textured for filling up the space between the flowers. In this course these shapes would be very suitable – line material (straight leaves, such as Iris leaves, Bear Grass, Chromium, and flowers such as Liatris, Foxtail Lilies, etc), generally used as the outline of your design; rounded materials (such as Carnations, open Roses, Gerberas, etc.), generally used as the focal flowers; and intermediate or filler materials, (such as Gypsophila, Wax flower, small, ferny foliage)to make a combination between the other materials .To add more interest to your design arrange the stems in such a way that the smallest flower or bud is at the top, and the biggest at the bottom.

4) Make sure that your floral arrangement is an eye appealing one by balancing all the colors evenly. It is wise to use a primary color like Yellow as well as a color scheme for the arranging the flowers. When using open flowers such as Roses, Daffodils, Gerbera, etc., set them on different angles to show a different shape. All the flowers should not be facing in the same direction.

5) Use flowers in different stages of development, from bud to full bloom. When buying or picking fresh flowers always look for a nice tight bud. Buds that are just breaking and are showing color too are perfect. The centre is always adorned with the largest fullest flowers and Half-open flowers are set anywhere between the buds and the full flower.

6)  Provide enough space between the flowers and never overcrowd them. This also allows the flowers to long last.

7) You may use either the blade of the scissors or a vegetable knife to remove the thorns on the flowers.  The stamens on lilies are also to be removed for two reasons. Firstly, they stain anything they come in contact with and secondly removing the stamens adds to the life of the flower. But remember not to cut off the stamens with scissors. Instead use your fingers to pull the stamens off and prevent discoloration.

Useful hints:
•    Fresh cut daffodils can cause the other flowers to wilt earlier be careful when putting them with other flowers.
•    For a fresh scent add peppermint to your cut flower arrangement.
•    When arranging gardenias and stephanotis, always wet your hands first, the oil from your hands will turn the flowers brown.