News / everlasting flowers

  • How to Dry your Own Flowers in 3 Steps

    How to Dry your Own Flowers in 3 Steps

    July 19th, 2021

    How to Dry your Own Flowers: 3 Easy Steps

    Did Someone Say FREE Dried Flowers?!

    Yep, that's right, we did!

    It's easier than you think to dry your own flowers. Whether they're freshly picked from your own garden, your friends garden, your parents or grandparents garden, or a bunch of blooms you were bought/treated yourself to - this guide will show you how you can dry them out in the comfort of your own home.

    Before we begin, it's worth noting that our own dried flowers & pampas from here at Pampas & Bloom are sourced from all over the world - I'm sadly not going to be able to guarantee that you'll have the easiest time growing something like Banksia, that are used to the South West Australian climate.

    This 3-step guide is for you, however, if you have a lovely lavender bush in your front garden, a hydrangea shrub in your back garden or a special bouquet you'd really like to get the most out of.

    It's also worth noting that you can grow some really beautiful blooms & grasses that aren't extremely common but do really well in UK climates.

    A good example of this is Lagurus, commonly known as Bunny Tails. Bunny Tails have become so increasingly popular & if you plant them this year, you might have your very own by next summer. You can buy a pack of 200 seeds here.

    And here's a funny story, I used to photograph all of our bunches out the front of my parents house last summer, and this year we've had little Lagurus popping up from in between the paving!

    Step 1: Choose (or Grow) the Right Stems

    A crucial part of drying your own flowers at home is picking the right flower and/or grass stems.

    Most flowers are good for drying, but for this simple method we recommend hardy stems such as Lavender, Nigella, Hydrangeas, Achillea, Limonium, Thistles, Poppy Heads & Roses.

    Gypsophelia & Eucalyptus are also commonly found in pre-made flower bouquets and dry really well.

    You can also grow lots of lovely grasses such as Pampas & Miscanthus that add a soft element to a dried bunch. They grow in bushes & fill space quickly - so be sure to plant away from any paths.

    Step 2: Hang in Small Bunches

    It's important that when you've harvested your stems, you separate them into smaller bunches. This allows them to air quicker, speeding the process up and avoiding bad smells and mould.

    Once you have your smaller bunches, bind them near the bottom of the bunch with twine or an elastic band. Hang them upside down, somewhere cool, dry and out of the way, an airing cupboard would work perfectly. Hanging the bunches upside down ensures the stems dry straight.

    If you're feeling fancy, a hanging laundry dryer such as this one works well for stems like Poppy Heads and Thistles.

    Step 3: Leave for 2 Weeks

    Here's the hardest part of our not-very-hard drying guide, leaving them alone for at least 2 weeks.

    It'll be worth the wait - we promise!

    How do I Care for Dried Flowers?

    If you've grown your own flowers and dried them at home, dried an existing fresh bouquet or bought some ready-made dried flowers from us here at Pampas & Bloom, they all require the same care.

    To ensure they last, you'll need to make sure they're kept completely dry, in a cool place out of direct sunlight. You can read our full 5-minute-guide that includes some other tips here.

    Dried flowers are completely compostable and can be popped in the appropriate bin (or at the bottom of your garden) when they reach the end of their life. Or if you're not ready to part ways, why not give them a new lease of life with some coloured dyes & sprays or add some new, dried stems into the mix!

    And that's it!

    Just like that you have your very own bunch of home dried flowers!

    If you tried this I'd love to see your results - send us a picture here or tag us on Instagram @pampasandbloom ☺

    Written by Amelia Harker

    Continue reading
  • 5 Steps to Care for your Dried Flowers

    5 Steps to Care for your Dried Flowers

    February 18th, 2020

    How to Care for your Dried Flowers: 5 Simple Steps to Ensure they Last a Lifetime

    Why do I Need to Care for Dried Flowers?

    If you’ve purchased from Pampas & Bloom, or any other dried flower retailer, you might be feeling a little confused about how long they last and how to care for them.

    Conventionally when you buy fresh flowers, they have a shelf date and last for anywhere between 1-10 days, and thats after you’ve kindly taken the time to trim the stems to size and pop them in a vase full of fresh water and a sachet of flower food.

    Dried flowers are very different and require little to no maintenance if you follow our simple guide when you receive your new purchase.

    1. Keep your Dried Flowers Dry

    It really is as simple as that - dried flowers are meant to be kept dry - that means no water is needed to keep them alive!

    Dried flower bunches and wet-rooms don't go so well together. If you'd like to display your bunch in a bathroom, make sure it's not one with a bath or shower as your stems can quickly become moist, and then mouldy (!)

    2. Place out of Direct Sunlight

    Many of our stems are coloured using hot water dyes (like this Fluffy Hot Pink Pampas) - that means that when the sun hits them, the colour quite literally evaporates!

    That's why its super important to keep your dried flowers or pampas out of direct sunlight, somewhere cool and shady.

    Unfortunately a window sill spot isn't ideal if you want your bunch to last!

    3. Let them Relax

    If your dried flowers or pampas are looking a little flat when you unpack them, give them time to sit upright in a vase and relax.

    Here at Pampas & Bloom we pack orders straight from our shipping boxes, minimising the handling of stems and preventing any unnecessary shedding. If you can’t wait and want to speed up the process, you can very gently tease the plume of your pampas apart - go careful, they’re extremely fragile!

    4. Be Gentle

    Following on from above, all dried flower and pampas stems are extremely fragile.

    These natural products are dried out, sometimes over a very long period of time, meaning they can break very easily. Go gently when unwrapping and placing them into your vase.

    It’s also important that your dried flower arrangement is placed somewhere out of close contact, not near to a draft, somewhere away from little roaming fingers, pets and potential brush-pasts.

    5. Dust Gently

    When the time comes for a clean, you can gently dust your dried flower arrangement. Palms, you can hoover or dust with a dry cloth. Pampas and dried flowers you can shake gently upside down.

    With our products, we don’t recommend using a hair dryer due to potential shedding. Please check your dried flower retailer’s recommendations on hair drying before using it on your arrangement.

    Written by Amelia Harker

    Continue reading