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.

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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.

Arranging A Dozen of Lovely Roses

arranging Lovely Roses 300x199 Arranging A Dozen of Lovely RosesRoses are the most liked flowers of the world. Although each and every flower is beautiful and have class in its own way yet, roses are just too exceptional to be compared to any other flowers. It is always great to have roses in your floral arrangements and including them in your daily life or using them on some occasions for décor definitely bring about a great impact. Now if you have a dozen of roses that are not going to make a huge floral arrangement but preparing it artistically can make you able to create an everlasting impact. You may arrange them with the greenery and this will surely provide you with an impacting floral arrangement that would Roses arrangemnt 257x300 Arranging A Dozen of Lovely Rosessuit any décor or event.

1.    Firstly, take a flower vase and fill it with warm water and mix in it one pack of flower food. If you don’t have the flower food and preservatives obtained from the florists, you may use sugar and chlorine bleach for the same purpose.
2.    Now take the fern branches to use as greenery in your floral arrangement. Lay these ferns around the perimeter of your vase to create a foundational layer and a circle of ferns in vase.
3.    Now its time to prepare your roses to be kept in the vase. Take each of your rose flower stem and keep it under the runner water from tap and cut the stem at bottom at an angle of 45 degrees. Do this process with all the roses and remove all the leaves off the stem that may lie under the water level in vase. Now set each rose in the vase as soon as you finish this process with your flowers.
4.    Arrange the roses that you fix in vase in a way that they form a round over the foundational layer of ferns. You may add more greenery after the roses tier in centre too to make it look more filled.

No matter how few flowers you have, you may always create wonders by just being a little creative and artistic.

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.

Styles of Flower Arrangements

Flower arrangement and flower designing is an art that have its root long back in history and in countries like China and Japan this art is being adopted as religious practice too. Flower arrangement is no more an art that is limited to occasions, this art have traveled into daily lives in homes and offices. It is widely accepted that the ambience and effect that flowers create over human feelings and freshness is key to a better performance through out the whole day. The brightness and addition of colors to work place and home brings out a fresher feeling hence making one more active for the whole day long.

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As the art of flower arrangements developed there were different styles of flower making that were invented in order to make them more exquisite and breath taking. The natural beauty and the artistic abilities of humans were combined in different forms to bring up the wonders. The broadly divided three known styles of floral arrangements are:

Oriental Flower Arrangements:
Oriental flower arrangements are actually those under which the Chinese and Japanese form of flower arrangements fall. The very famous form of Japanese floral arrangements Ikebana is also a type of oriental flower arrangement. InOriental Flower Arrangements 150x150 Styles of Flower Arrangementsthis flower type of flower arrangement the main emphasis is over Lines. These actually focus over the appearance of arrangement. The negative spaces, floral forms and textures all are paid a great attention when it comes to the linear style of oriental flower arrangements.

The Ikebana style is a little different as it emphasize on the lines of leaves and twigs instead of flowers. The container in which the floral arrangement is prepared is another important part of Ikebana type of flower arrangements.

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The modern flower arrangement is more of a free style of flower arrangement. In this type of flower arrangement there are no particular lines over which the florist design the arrangement in fact it is on the wish of florist as to how he wants to arrange the flowers. No traditional style of flowers arrangement is adopted for modern flower arrangements. There are different accessories used in modern flower arrangements and considerable emphasis is over the containers like in oriental form of flower arrangements.

Use of geometric motifs and geometric themes is often adopted by the florists making the people realize the philosophies and intervention of geometry into our daily lives.

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Traditional floral arrangements are actually the Western flower arrangements or you can say that it is another name for it. This is the common style seen all around the world with all the florists. The traditional floral arrangements contain numerous bright cut flowers. This type of flower arrangement does not cater to many accessories in fact usually contain no accessories at all. The only accessory that you may find in these flower arrangements is vases.

The above defines all flower arrangement types are widely practiced all around the world with high class experts working in each category and creating such wonders that can mesmerize any one for hours.

Principles of Flower Arrangements

Flower arrangements 300x218 Principles of Flower Arrangementsflower arrangement01 284x300 Principles of Flower ArrangementsThe flower arrangement is an art type that is being practiced through out the whole world and is loved by almost every person on the earth because nothing means more than having flowers around you. There are different styles and methodologies or philosophies adopted by florists in different parts of world that result in very different types of floral arrangements presented to sooth the aesthetic sense of all flower lovers. Flowers are the mean to deliver messages for so many people every day in this universe. So beautiful arrangements mean a lot for them especially when it’s about delivering multiple messages that is not possible by any other way than a beautiful amalgamation of different flowers.

There are certain principles that florists consider and undertake when preparing a flower arrangement. These principles are numerous; yet at least six are considered at every cost.

•    The first principle or thing considered by the florist is making an imaginary flower arrangement according to occasion, place and things available; this is called the design. This is the first step when florist prepares a floral arrangement in his mind as to how he would be carrying out with all the material available according to all conditions to be considered.

•    Next principle for any floral arrangement is that it should be balanced. The florist need to consider completely that all the accessories are used in a balance as this is going to make a flower arrangement look stable and white flower arrangements 248x300 Principles of Flower Arrangementsbeautiful. In balance of flower arrangements two things are considered that are colors and form of floral arrangement. The two types are symmetrical and asymmetrical balances. Symmetrical is when there is balance of accessories used on both sides while asymmetrical is one when there is no balance but it seems to be balanced due to use of flowers in a way that makes the arrangement appear balanced. This is done as dark colors appear to provide with more weighting.

•     The third principle is about scale that is the material to be used should be in collaboration with the container in which the flowers are to be arranged. Over crowded with lots of material or lack of flowers and material both won’t look fine. The other thing to consider in Scale is that the materials used should also be according to the size of container something too big in a small container or small thing in large container would make arrangement appear bad.

•    The next to come up is Rhythm. Now Rhythm is something that makes the viewer to catch the main line instantly with the first glance on the arrangement so the whole composition is understood well.

•    Focal point is the next point of consideration in creating floral arrangements. This is the centre of the flower arrangement from where it feels like that all flowers are blooming out. Large and dark flowers are used in this part.

•    Harmony and Unity is the last principle that emphasizes over appropriate use of flowers in proper size and colors in a way that flowers with each other and with container create a beautiful and catchy contrast.

By considering the above mentioned principles florists are able to create those arrangements that make us fall in love with them immediately.