Wednesday, June 10, 2020
The growing need for natural materials, living more aware and consciously using raw materials makes a good mix for a new trend, the drying of flowers and herbs. The upcoming autumn/winter catalogue 2020 is therefore full of articles from the new dried flowers line, to collect, dry and exhibit flowers and herbs.
The faster flowers and herbs dry the better the result. The assortment for dried flowers is very diverse and helps in all facets, from picking & drying to decorating with dried flowers & herbs.
The flower and herb picking basket has a long flat base so that flowers with a long stem can lie on it easily and they cannot kink. The basket is made of braided willow twigs and has a wide handle for easy carrying on the arm.
Almost all flowers are suitable for drying, except those with soft stems, such as tulips, daffodils or amaryllises. But roses and sunflowers are ideal for drying because of their firmness. Also cornflower, poppy, flute and grasses are the perfect candidate to use as dried flowers.
A widely used and well known method for drying flowers is pressing. With this method an herb, flower or leaf can be dried flat for pasting or framing (e.g. in a herbarium like we made at school, or on greeting cards or gifts).
These traditional presses have a beautiful natural look, are easy to use and have multiple layers of cardboard. The only difference between the two is the way they can be anchored. The screws and straps ensure that everything remains flat and secure.
Dried lying down
Another drying technique is flower drying while lying down. Most flowers and herbs retain their shape, colour, aroma and taste better when the flowers are dried naturally in the air. With these drying racks the customer can dry more flowers at the same time, because there are multiple stackable layers in the drying rack. The racks also have an open structure for good ventilation.
Hang cut flowers or herbs upside down so they retain their colour best! Especially with herbs, it is useful to hang them in a dark, warm and well-ventilated place. This allows them to retain their aroma better, which is useful when used in the kitchen.
This drying technique has a natural way of drying as well as a decorative function. The rope that you can supply is made of paper and can be used to bundle and hang the cut flowers.
These decorative items give the dried flowers a safe and dust-free stage in the customer's home. This way, dried flowers last even longer! The glass dome protects the dried flowers against dust and is equipped with a metal clip to hold the dried flowers.
The frames for storing various dried flowers are wide enough to set up straight and deep enough to hold a whole flower top. These items are also very nice to give as gifts! In addition to these items you can also sell pre-dried flowers from your own range.
Tip: By spraying hairspray on the dried flowers they will be less fragile and keep their shape even better. The flowers can also be sprayed with a colour when they have turned a little brown, because playfully colored dried flowers also do very well!
Pressed dried flowers also lend themselves well to being placed in double-sided wooden exhibition frames with glass plates. These frames have a trendy and modern look, are a nice decoration for on the wall or look very good on a TV cabinet or side-table.