Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Do Not Freeze Your Flowers! ~ Exposing Floral Preservation Myths!

 Do Not Freeze Your Flowers!!
Exposing Floral Preservation Myths!!

Recently, a sweet bride dropped off her bouquet at my studio for preservation. She didn’t know what to do with it and thought the best thing to do would be to place it in the freezer. She was devastated to learn that that was the WORST thing to do. By the time she arrived with her flowers, they were beginning to thaw and were a sticky, gloppy, stinky mess. They were ruined. She left in tears and I had a few tears of my own, disappointed for her. Fortunately, her florist re-created the bouquet for her and I preserved it into beautiful heirloom art.

  Roses, Orchids and other Flowers, ruined by freezing the bouquet. This bouquet was ruined by placing it in a refrigerator that was too cold.

 After a quick combing of the net, I found many articles about how to preserve your own bouquet.....and all of them were wrong. One was even titled, “How to Preserve Your Bouquet by Freezing It”. Another was titled, “How To Freeze a Live Flower So You Don’t Have to Keep It In A Vase”. Now really, who would want to keep it in a vase and enjoy it when you could stick it in the freezer? And what happens to your beautiful flower if the electricity fails or you move? 
I will tell you... your flowers thaw into a glop of goo, hardly the sweet flower you remember.

 Inside a gooey, gloppy mess of a frozen bouquet

 Preserving your bouquet, with hair spray is another misnomer. Often, you will see articles about spraying your bouquet with hair spray or lacquer before hanging it upside down in a closet. There are many flowers that will dry upside down, others that will not. Hair spray/Lacquer can seal the moisture into the flowers, causing them to mold and mildew, turning brown and black. It is not pretty. Also, hair spray is sticky, which becomes a magnet to dust and dirt. 

 Dried Red Roses....or maybe pink?....or white?

One mother, frantically called me because she tried the “drying upside down” technique while her daughter was on her honeymoon and it molded and turned black and literally began dripping on the floor below. She purchased new flowers and I recreated the bouquet, then pressed and preserved it. And, no, I will not tell who it was! My lips are sealed because somewhere in America, there is a mother breathing a sigh of relief that her daughter never found out that mom ruined her bouquet. 
(Being a mom, myself, I am bound by the Mother’s Seal of Honor)

Dipping your flowers in wax is something I came across on Pinterest. There is no follow up video, but I would imagine that the flowers fell off the stems, seeping an icky nastiness. Wax seals in the moisture. If the moisture cannot escape, then the petals begin to mold.
Another idea I saw on Pinterest was to hot glue fresh flowers into a shadowbox. NO!!! Again, if these flowers are not dry, you are asking for an ugly shadowbox of mold! If your other wedding items are also in that box, everything gets ruined!

Lastly, Do NOT press your flowers between wax paper!
This is a myth that simply will not die and is put out there time and again, by well meaning blog/article writers who don't do their homework. Wax Paper seals in the moisture when you want the moisture wicked away, not held in place!  Use paper towel, kleenex, printer paper or blotter paper (do they still make that?) These will in varying degrees wick that moisture away from the flowers. If you press in a book, choose one with dull pages like a phone book instead of a book with glossy pages.

Fresh flowers being made into potpourri

 I understand that not everyone can afford to have their flowers preserved professionally. Many flowers will dry nicely when hung upside down. Make sure you separate them and give them time to dry. You can also make potpourri!

I have easy to follow instructions on how to make potpourri here:

Fresh Bridal Bouquet of Sunflowers Roses, Veronica, Lisianthis and other Flowers, before preservation.

If you do choose to have Pressed Garden preserve your flowers, bring them to me as fresh as possible. Trim the stems and keep them in clean, fresh water. If you do place them in a refrigerator, keep it away from spots that typically freeze lettuce. Temps around 45 degrees are best. And above all... DO NOT FREEZE THEM!!!

Bridal bouquet, after being pressed and preserved by Pressed Garden!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Allison's Surprise for Her New Sister In Law!

Allison, a returning customer, hired me to preserve her sister in law's 
beautiful, romantic bridal bouquet! 
Garden Roses, Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Dusty Miller, 
David Austin Roses, Succulents and Eucalyptus! 

This beauty was designed by: Lindsey of Petal Pushers, Dripping Springs, TX!

 I worked with Allison to design this floral heirloom to surprise her sister in law! 
The background is Stratford and the frame is an 11x14" barnwood frame.

 SHE LOVEDDDDD THE ART...! She was stunned and totally surprised!

 Yay!!  I am so thrilled!!!  Thank you, Allison for the fun of 
preserving your new sister-in-law's bouquet!

All Art by: Annie Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Austin, TX

Mother of the Bride's Surprise!

Susan, of Minnesota, hired me to preserve her daughter's bridal bouquet 
of David Austin Roses, White Anemone, Peonies, 
Hydrangea and Rose Buds!

 The flowers are pressed and presented on a "Dawn Gray" background 
and in an 11x14" Silver frame!

"The art piece arrived yesterday in perfect condition and I just love it.  
Thank you so much!!!"
~Susan, Mother of the Bride 
Thank you, Susan, for the pleasure of preserving your daughters gorgeous bouquet! 
~Annie, Pressed Garden

All Art by Annie Smith of Pressed Garden, LLC, Austin, TX

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Christine got married in Chicago and physically carried her bridal bouquet 
all the way home on the plane and to my studio! 
Isn't it a beauty? 
White roses,Lisianthus, Ranunculus, Succulents and Eucalyptus! 

Floral Design by: Mark Weber of Kloeckner Preferred Flowers, Chicago, IL

 Christine chose to have her flowers pressed and presented on a 
Neutral Gray background and in an 11x14" silver oval frame. 
The ribbons hanging down had been the ribbon wrapped around the stems.

Thank you so much, Christine, for the pleasure of preserving your bouquet!
~Annie Smith, Pressed Garden 

All Pressed Flower Art by: Annie Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Austin, TX  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Melissa's Sweet Roses ~

Ohhhh....Sweet Sweet Roses ~ White, Blush, Pink, Fushia, 
with a little Baby's Breath tucked in and surrounded by Ruscus Leaves. 
Floral Design by: Twinbrook Floral, Fairfax, VA
Melissa chose a Barely Pink background and a 12x16" Mahogany Frame 
for her sweet rose bridal bouquet. 
I love when I find heart shaped rose petals in the bouquet 
and always try to tuck them into the design!
I got the artwork tonight! I love it so much!!! It is so beautiful!!  
Thank you for making it. I absolutely love the way that it turned out 
and I'm so excited to hang it up and enjoy it for years to come. 
~ Melissa, Bride

Thank YOU, Melissa, for the pleasure of preserving your beautiful bouquet! 
~ Annie, Pressed Garden

All Pressed Flower Art by: Annie Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Austin, TX

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fragrant, Romantic Bridal Bouquet of Peonies, Mums, Roses, Lilac, 
Eucalyptus and Dusty Miller! 

Bouquet Design by: Candler Park Flowers, Atlanta, GA

 Nichole chose to have her bridal bouquet pressed and preserved around her bridal picture, 
on an Dawn Gray background. She actually ordered an antique white frame and I
 mistakenly framed it in barnwood. (This will be changed)

Thank you, Nichole, for being such a sweet, beautiful bride to work with! 
Your flowers were beautiful! Annie, Pressed Garden

All Pressed Flower Art by: Annie Smith, Pressed Garden, LLC, Austin, TX