IMG_2923%20(1)_edited.jpg

At Spongetta's Garden we believe in not leaving any flower behind. Especially during wedding season! Of the thousands we cut each year, those not sold in bouquets are dried for wreaths and bouquets in the fall. What not used in those, the flower heads are cut up for loose everlasting confetti mixes. 

Dried and flowers are enjoying a well deserved resurgence! People want to invest in beauty that will last. With proper care, dried arrangements and wreaths will stay vibrant and beautiful for a year or more.

There is a difference between dried flowers and preserved flowers. Air dried flowers are bunched and hung in a dark, warm, dry space with for 2-3 weeks until the moisture in the flower heads and stems has dissipated.  Silica can also be used specifically on flower heads to draw out the moisture in just days, but requires special safety measures. Glycerin is a liquid that replaces the water in a stem and leaves the flowers more pliable and less likely to shatter. We only air dry our flowers in the rafters of the hay barn.

Caring for dried flowers takes some forethought. There are three enemies are friction, moisture and light. For a wreath, it is best to avoid a door used frequently, without the protection of a storm door and facing south in direct sunlight. Careful placement makes all the difference!

Our favorite flowers to dry and use in wreaths include:

Ammobium aka Winged Everlasting

Celosia in all forms including cockscomb, plume and wheat

Gomphrena, Statice and Strawflowers 

Larkspur and Delphinium

Peonies and Lisianthus for focal

Globe Thistle, Sea Holly and Eucalyptus

Gold Yarrow, Tansy and other perennials

Seed pods like Scabiosa, Nigella and Orlaya

Marigold and Oklahoma Zinnia

Artemisias such as Silver King and Sweet Annie

Herbs such as Oregano and Sage

Grains and grasses

Stock petals for scent confetti

Foraged seed heads, especially Queen Anne's Lace and Dock

Wreaths and bouquets are seasonal. We generally begin making them in September and October and sell through the holidays. The current availability is in our online store.

©2020 BY SPONGETTA'S GARDEN. PROUDLY CREATED WITH WIX.COM