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Friday, October 23, 2015

Strawflowers


 Our gardens are done for the season. I will have a few more blog posts sharing tips from the 2015 garden season. This garden season we tried many new plants. Strawflowers were one of the new plants. We were so pleased with how well they did. What is so fun about the Strawflower is we will be able to enjoy the bright colors all year long. 
My son Atticus just loved the feel of the strawflower. They really feel like straw.

Fun Facts about Strawflowers
From ~ The North American Farmer

 Strawflowers contain lesser moisture than other flowers, making them ideal for drying. Hence for fresh floral arrangement, it is best to pick strawflowers in the morning when they contain highest amounts of moisture. Strawflowers naturally feel papery and straw-like, which differentiate them from other members of the daisy family. Their long lasting vase life is also one of the reasons why gardeners, florists, and crafters love them.



 A fun flower to grow and so easy to dry.


 To dry, pick flowers when lower 2-4 rows of petals are just beginning to open. Remove foliage, bunch loosely and hang upside down in a warm, airy place.


 A fun basket full of Strawflowers will keep me smiling during our dark days of November.


Do you have any craft ideas to do with Strawflowers?

 There is more beauty than we can measure in this old world of ours.

 Gladys Taber
Wishing you a great weekend.
 ♥
Carla
 

26 comments:

  1. I know very little about flowers; but these are beautiful!

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  2. I know very little about flowers; but these are beautiful!

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    1. I can't find your comment block so will hijack this reply. At he botanical gardens they used a lot of strawflowers on their Christmas tree. The pinned them on a styrafoam ball and also made garland out of them. It was beautiful. They also used other natural elements for decorations. Hydrageas, grasses, etc. We wanted to plant some this year, but the plants were expensive.

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  3. Your straw flowers are so pretty. I use to grow them at my last house. Janice

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  4. Oh my gosh Carla, I have not seen these since I was little...my grandmother used to have these in her garden. They are so pretty, the colors are just amazing!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Kimberley

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  5. I remember that line of Gladys Taber's! I love her attitude. And we can either choose to live like that or not, must remember that.

    I've never grown these lovely long lasting flowers. The colors are so pretty.

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  6. Those are so beautiful! I've always thought they were fake when I've seen them....how cool that they are real!!

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  7. Oh my, these are pretty, Carla. I don't think I've ever touched strawflowers before. The colors are soft, and these are great pictures.

    ~Sheri

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  8. I always get sad when our gardens are done. I've seen these before but always assumed they were dried flowers, they are pretty and fun! I agree a basket of these gems would feel like a gift!

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  9. I grew straw flowers once and they last a long time. They would look lovely in a wreath. Enjoy their beauty.
    Have a great weekend,
    Hugs,
    JB

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  10. We don't have straw flowers around here, they are absolutely beautiful. I don't know of a specific craft, but I can only imagine that a wreath adorned with them would be just stunning!

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  11. Wow how beautiful Carla. I have never seen these before. So unique and pretty.
    Kris

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  12. These are all so beautiful, Carla! I'm going to have to find a spot for some in next year's garden. I've never grown them before!

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  13. Oh- I love those, Carla. I have a picture saved in my files of a strawflower wreath. I will email it to you because I can't post it here and I don't have a link to it. xo Diana

    ps- IF you have time-pop by my blog and sign up for the giveaway from my son's latest venture.

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  14. I just discovered these flowers a few months ago at my local nursery, and they way they feel freak me out a little! I do love these flowers, and your post is a feast for the eyes!!!

    BTW I just emailed you with some great news!!!

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  15. They are beautiful. I had a clutch made from strawflowers, it was beautiful. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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  16. Wow, those are beautiful! I've never seen them before. I would have to research them, so many traditional plantings don't grow here, yet many strange things do. :) Gorgeous photos. xoxo Su

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  17. Sure now the comment box comes up. After I use the reply part from someone elses comment! Go figure!

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  18. They look so lovely, love the colours of them too.

    All the best Jan

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  19. I remember making a wreath with moss and strawflowers many years ago. I still have this and the colours are still vibrant. Such a versatile flower. Have a wonderful week xx

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  20. They are such beautiful shades of pink, and so cute. When I was younger they were only available as yellows and goldens...I was so into pink at that time. Maybe I need to grow some again.

    Jen

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  21. They are such beautiful shades of pink, and so cute. When I was younger they were only available as yellows and goldens...I was so into pink at that time. Maybe I need to grow some again.

    Jen

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  22. I love strawflowers and transplanted four or five plants this year, received from my friend's garden. In the past I've grown them, dried them and used them for crafts. They really are perfect for that. Yours are gorgeous, Carla.

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  23. I had never heard of these until you mentioned them a while back. I am very interested in them. I need to grow more flowers!

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High Fives from Wisconsin!

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