By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com
The beauty of dried flowers is not only intrinsic in their visual appeal but exists through their longevity and versatility. The photo I snapped, seen to the right, is one of my favorite dried flower arrangements. Perhaps because it spotlights a vintage jug which belonged to my mother. I adore the unexpected simplicity of the arrangement and the natural colors. I am quite certain I will keep this arrangement with me forever.
A discernible secret revealed ~ in some cases dried flowers can last “forever.” At least they can last for many, many years. Keep them so long as they are still “seen” and enjoyed, suggest online sources.
To some degree beautiful floral/dried flower design is the result of a knack. However, it is also taught even at the university level. My Alma Mater, the University of Connecticut offers a course called “Floral Art” through the horticulture department indicative of the importance of this kind of beauty to our surroundings.
Seven commonly cited elements of floral design are : *proportion *scale *harmony *rhythm *balance *unity *emphasis.
Mixing arrangements of dried flowers with live flowers or placing them nearby in freestanding vases is a technique I sometimes use. In the photo to the left I mixed pussy willows with dark brown lotus pod stems and placed plants stems in separate vases.
Pressing flowers is a popular DIY project to create dried flowers used as bookmarks, potpourri, drawer fragrance or bath salts. However, lovely bunches of dried flowers for display can be found in craft stores, such as A.C. Moore and Joanne’s.