Decorate with dried organic flowers

Today I welcome the first contributor to the site: Emmanuelle Mayer. She is a journalist, photographer and communication consultant. She has been writing articles on ethical and ecological decoration for years and tells about her creative discoveries on her Instagram account and her Newsletter. Today, she guides you in selecting your organic dried flowers.

You can see them everywhere! Dried flowers are more and more present in decoration and we are delighted about it: finally a trend that is both sustainable (dried flowers last for years), healthy (no polluting fumes) and financially accessible! On condition that certain sectors are given priority….

DRIED FLOWERS: REALLY ECOLOGICAL?

Dried flowers invite nature into our homes and offer us a way to express our creativity through the arrangement: in bouquets, crowns, garlands, solifloras… With their great diversity of shapes and colours, they can be adapted to all decorative styles: minimalist, bohemian, classic…

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fleurs séchées ecologiques made in france

Durable, healthy, yes, but are the flowers naturally dried?

At the boutique Les Fleurs, in Paris, a pioneer in the sale of dried flowers, we remain very mysterious about the production conditions. As for the Bazar Marguerite boutique in Limoges, the trader explains to me that the suppliers, mainly Dutch, make them “drink a product that freezes their development, to prevent them from fading“. “It’s the stabilization process”, says Victoria Aulas, who worked as a florist for 20 years before creating her e-shop L’Atelier Lonicera, specializing in dried flowers. “Stabilized flowers absorb via the sap, through the stem, a mixture of glycerin and mineral salts, sometimes with food colorants”. A process that complies with European standards, provided the seller supplies itself in Europe. Holland, Spain and Italy are competing for the market, but they are increasingly competing with China. Be careful, because there are also stabilized painted flowers, with a much less natural result. Some designers dry the flowers themselves, such as Alexandra, from the Jeanne Paris brand.

What about upstream flower cultivation?

When we know that the cut flower industry is one of the most polluting (1), we must check that the flowers, before being dried, have not been grown in Kenya or stuffed with pesticides! To do this, it is necessary to favour florists who buy directly from producers, if possible French. However, these producers are not very numerous, their catalogue is sometimes kitsch, but they are beginning to adapt to the demand of neo-fleurists!

“My producer, who has a straight face, made me laugh too much the other day: “We’re bored finding great colors for our flowers and she only wants colors to shit!!!! ” (innuendo fadasses NDRL)” says Victoria.

In the same poetic and delicate style, we fell in love with Julie Béal, who makes poetic objects based on dried flowers that she herself grows in Bérry. Beautiful!

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bouquet fleurs sechees ecologiques

DRYING FLOWERS YOURSELF

It is also possible to dry picked or purchased flowers yourself. Some varieties are very easy to dry naturally in the open air (in a dry and dark place, upside down): statices, grasses (wheat, hares’ tails…)), thistles, roses (varieties in clusters, to be dried before they are too open), lavender, yellow yarrow, immortals, craspedias, kittens, or hydrangeas (to be picked at the end of flowering when they are already a little parchmented)… At your picking time!

For more advice : Promesse de Fleurs – Fleurs séchées : lesquelles choisir, comment les faire sécher et entretenir vos bouquets

BUY DRIED ORGANIC FLOWERS & MADE IN FRANCE

JEANNE PARIS

  • Dried by Alexandra Sarrazin in France in the Vexin

Les cueillettes

  • Dried flowers grown without pesticides and with mulching by Julie Béal in France in Bérry

  • Some vials, others mobile

HUGUETTES PARIS

  • Crowns and poetic wall decorations

  • Untreated flowers from a French farm

Atelier Lonicera

  • A part of the flowers is bought from a French producer and favours short circuits

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