Lovely dead crap

It's a hashtag.

It refers to the use of dried flowers in arrangements, art and decorative items.

Dried flowers came about in the early nineteenth century, when the Victorians were travelling the world to find new plant species. They would press the flowers and leaves as specimens and there in lies the origins of pressed flowers.

The popularity of dried flowers has fluctuated somewhat over the years. Reaching its peak in the 70s.

However, dried flowers have become increasingly popular among florists and bohemian homeowners alike over the last few years.

The hashtag 'lovely dead crap' will reveal a plethora of ornate arrangements, rustic wreathes, delicate pressings and elaborate installations.

Some truly beautiful and inspirational work.

I have been swept up somewhat in the dried flower trend, adding in some token dried pieces into my arrangements.

Collecting dried seed heads and Salix and Birch, as well as sourcing perfectly preserved flowers and grasses.

I too have been suckered in by the incredibly ethereal 'WHIITE' trend.

Designs made of soft white dried flowers and grasses.

Fluffy pampas and bushy cat tails. Structural ruscus leaves and statement palms.

Yes, it looks pretty. BUT, it has ugly and damaging effects on the environment.

So, despite any penchant I may have had, I made the decision to steer clear of these harshly bleached and altered plants.

I source naturally dried products, or better still, try to dry them myself.

The lure of dried flowers, for a florist is the ability to create, anytime. All the time. Whatever the season or time of day. With a collection of dried materials in my workshop, I can design and create whenever I get an itch for it.

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