weeder’s digest: flowers in the attic

My penchant for dead flowers is no secret.

Lately I’ve been working to amass more perfectly parched specimens. I brought home all the leftover valentines day flowers and waited. Two weeks later they are ripe for plucking – I snip them at the quick and set them down as little objets d’art. Flowers in various states of decay sprinkled through the apartment, I fantasize about a day spent with dusty jewels and gin. Velvet sofa’s and too many cats. Charles Aznavour.

I tack a few gems to the wall; a constellation of ranunculus rises in the east!

I’m keeping it short and sweet this week, next week we’ll examine the mystical effects of flowers and plants in the home and some basics of Feng Shui. Get your crystals ready…

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  1. veggievixen says:

    wow, those are fantasically beautiful! love all the different colors.

  2. Michelle says:

    What a gorgeous idea! It’s so simple and looks amazing.

  3. fabframes says:

    This is gorgeous and, again, a fine job from this weekly blogger! I seriously love this column. By the way, a few weeks ago, I solicited your advice on a dying house plant, and you suggested feeding it. I’ve been dumping my coffee grounds in all my plant pots, and I think it’s helping. Thanks for your suggestion!

  4. chelsea says:

    this is my favorite of the series so far, sarah! i am a big fan of dead flowers as well:)

  5. lauren says:

    there’s something very prufrock-meets-miss-havisham about the constellation wriggling on the wall – i love that! beautiful indeed.

  6. Anita says:

    Love the delicate little dead flower wall art.

  7. minta77 says:

    is there an advantage to hanging flowers upside down to dry (versus leaving in a vase)? any tips for preserving color – the ranunculus look great!

  8. Emily says:

    The first picture is absolutely stunning. What a good idea! (I like the boutique maille lid in the 5th picture too :) )

  9. carina says:

    this column is one of my weekly highlights. Love it x 1000!

  10. Sarah says:

    fabframes – so glad your plant may be responding to the coffee grounds.

    minta77 – hanging them upside down will make them dry with a straight stiff stem. If they are left to dry out/die rightside up the weight of the flower head will cause the stem to buckle. I don’t know a trick for keeping color from fading. keep them out of sunlight is one obvious trick..

  11. Laura. says:

    my first thought when i saw the pins was that they look like an insect collection–only way better! this is the highlight of my blog-reading week!

  12. joslyn says:

    stunning little work of art.

  13. Jessica says:

    Dead flowers are bad feng shui.

  14. Jasmin says:

    I work at a wholesale florist in Nashville. Today we got in “hens and chicks” I’m wondering if you have worked with them in arrangements before? They look so cool, and I am curious how you would use them.

  15. wren says:

    i love ranunculus… i am even sending your link to my husband – hint hint. think he will get it. probably not.
    i think it is all their little layers that i love.

  16. Bianca says:

    I’m not a huge fan of dead flowers at all, but I always have a hard time throwing away my ranunculus. Now I know *exactly* what to do with them. I wonder how long they last on the wall. Fantastic idea!

  17. Amanda says:

    These are gorgeous! And what a dainty wall display to showcase their beauty.

  18. erianthe says:

    bad feng shui? delicious! bring on the shriveled lovelies.

  19. Jacqui says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I’ve always wanted to see dried flowers used in a beautiful way, and I think this is it!

  20. Kaitlyn says:

    i love the little collage on the wall.. so beautiful.. im going to search and see if you added it to flickr bc i need to favorite it!

  21. Maria says:

    OMG! V.C. Andrews reference…love it :)

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  23. Emiko says:

    It’s amazing how something dead can bring so much life to an area. How charming they are! I’m bringin’ my crystal!! ;)

  24. suzanne says:

    dead flowers may be bad feng shui…but dried flowers are the opposite…they bring a whole new meaning to the “memory” of the flower and create another layer of beauty…that’s how I see it… :)
    my rununculus are 3 weeks old and i’m lovin’ how they look!

  25. kerry says:

    so pretty, i love it!

  26. Rachel B. says:

    Ok I got my crystals out- just for you.

  27. Chris Bryant says:

    I LOVE decaying flowers. Tulips are favorite. I tell my fastidious partner “I can’t wait to see how they dye” to remind him not to toss them.

    Unless they stink. Then they’re Out.

  28. CB says:

    And I misspelled Die. Dang.

  29. mary-Ellen Kelly says:

    I LOVE dead flowers too! Thought I was the only one!~

  30. amanda says:

    beautiful photographs of the flowers!

  31. mara says:

    what’s the hubbub, bub? aren’t all cut flowers “dead”? i love em all, so long as they stay slime/stank-free. gorgeous pics, as always.

  32. Cyndi says:

    I usually pull the blossoms apart and lay on a screen to dry to make potpourri, very interesting ideas here, many thanks! Smiles, cyndi

  33. Gina says:

    This is a great idea! I have tons of dried flowers laying around the house. What was used to stay on the wall?? I would like to do something similar in my house.

  34. Bernie says:

    OOooooh dying flowers!!! not really the same as dead flowers. Love the layers of the still colorful ranunculas, however. Who knew my week old untended flower arrangements were so cutting edge?? Maybe next week we will be treated to the gorgeous texture of bread mold and the architectural interest of broken zippers…….

  35. Seraph says:

    I dried some of the roses my bf gave me for valentines. They were such a dark red, they look rather …macabre dried, but in a good way.

  36. Sarah says:

    jasmine – i wire the hens and chicks onto sticks and then treat them like other stems in an arrangment – may behoove you to use floral foam, as they are quite heavy…

  37. Love this title… that book scared me so bad as a kid!

  38. Mary Q Contrarie says:

    Beautiful flowers! I like using laundry racks for hanging the flowers on for drying. Since I can keep it in the spare bedroom and out of the sun to keep as much of the color as possible in every bloom.


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