Since winter seemed to be short this year, I took a reprieve from blogging. Now with buds pushing early and temperatures rising quickly from El Nino weather patterns, I felt the urge to clean the drying attic and make space for another seasonal harvest. Rummaging through boxes of dried material got my creative juices flowing to construct these delicate wreaths. Like sap running through spring maples, my mind raced with endless design possibilities as I attempted to emulate the beauty of victorian florals.

These colorfully-preserved blooms are dried with silica gel, and display many elements and principles of Victorian Floral Design. The activity of arranging flowers was recognized as an art form during the Victorian Period (1920-1901). Cultured ladies, usually mothers and daughters of high society, created weekly voluptuous and lavish arrangements from garden flowers of that era. Round and oval shapes with tightly massed flowers, either in brilliant hues or monochromatic tones, are typical characteristics of Victorian Style. Dried flowers were used when fresh materials were sparse in winter. Click here to view some of my dried 18th Century Florals from last winter.

The flowers used in these arrangements are Rose of Sharon, Mock Orange, Zinnia, Cockscomb, Daisy, Peony, Iris, Hollyhock, Roses, Tansy, Goldenrod, and Silver Lace Vine. When planting this spring, why not consider including these flowers in your landscape. I'll be planting a few additional ones like Foxgloves and Delphiniums.

Can you appreciate the beauty of dried florals or do you see only dead flowers? 

A penny for your thoughts,