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18 Apr 2024 13:32

The Everlasting Bouquet and the Greenhouse

You probably already know that everlasting bouquets are popular. Everlasting bouquets encompass a range of flowers that can be dried and assembled into everlasting bouquets. Many probably don't know that the everlasting bouquet can start in your greenhouse. In this article, you can read how.

Everlasting bouquets, also known as dried flower bouquets, have become popular for several reasons.

  • Durability: Everlasting bouquets remain beautiful for a long time without the need for watering or care. This makes them an attractive choice for those who want long-lasting beauty in their homes or as a lovely long-lasting gift.
  • Sustainability: Since everlasting bouquets do not wither or need to be replaced as quickly as fresh flowers, they are a more sustainable choice, especially if the flowers are locally grown. The most climate-friendly option is to grow them yourself.
  • Trend Factor: Everlasting bouquets have become a trend in decoration and are popular among those seeking a more natural style in their homes.
  • Allergy-Friendly: For those who suffer from allergies to pollen or scents in fresh flowers, everlasting bouquets can be a good alternative, as they do not expose allergens.
  • Variety: There is a wide variety of dried flower varieties available, allowing for unique and personalised bouquets in the living room all year round.
The sprouting can start in the greenhouse

Your everlasting bouquets can start in the greenhouse in the spring. In fact, you can already sprout your flowers and bouquet fillings in the greenhouse from February to April. You do not need to have an external heat source in the greenhouse in any way. Just make use of the natural warmth that comes into the greenhouse when the spring sun shines.

Many of the flowers traditionally dried and used in everlasting bouquets are what are called hardy annuals. The group of hardy annuals has the property that they can tolerate quite a bit of cold. Other species, which do not traditionally belong to the group of hardy annuals, can also be sprouted in the greenhouse in the spring.

The advantage of using the greenhouse
  • Plants become much more robust when transplanted to the permanent growing site.
  • Early flowering compared to sowing directly on the growing site in May.
Species that can withstand cold.
  • Solvinge, Helipterum roseum
  • Strawflower, Helichrysum bracteatum monstrosum
  • Love-in-a-mist, Nigella damascena (and other nigella species)
  • Bunny Tails, Lagurus ovatus
  • Quakong Grass, Briza maxima
  • Statice, Limonium sinuatum
  • Clary Sage, Salvia viridis
  • Billy Buttons, Craspedia globos
  • Paper Daisy, Xeranthemum annum
  • Sweet Pea, Lathyrus odoratus
  • Poppy, Papaver somniferum

 

Harvesting flowers for drying

Just before the flower is fully open, they should be picked for drying. Flowers can be dried in two ways.

  • Let the bouquet dry naturally in a vase, which takes about 4 weeks.
  • Or let them hang upside down in a dry and dark place. After 3-4 weeks, they are dry.

They can then be used to make wreaths or bouquets. Store them away from sunlight if they are to retain their color. In grasses, it is the spikes that can be dried. In nigella and poppy species, it is the seed heads that are used dried in bouquets.

Everlasting flowers fade slightly in color when dried, so everlasting bouquets will not be as colorful as a fresh flower bouquet.

Fun Facts about Purchased Flowers

Imported flowers can have a significant climate footprint due to the energy required to transport them to our country. When flowers are transported over long distances, either by air, sea, or truck, this contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases, primarily in the form of CO2. The emission of greenhouse gases from transport depends on several factors, including transport method, distance, and fuel type.

Example

If you replace a single bouquet of roses with an everlasting bouquet you've grown yourself, the savings are significant. A single imported rose from Africa has a carbon footprint of one kilogram of CO2. If the flowers are instead grown in heated greenhouses in Northern Europe, the footprint is five times higher. That is five kilograms of CO2 for a single rose. The CO2 footprint is thus larger even though the rose is grown closer to us, but this is because the heating of production greenhouses is climate intensive.

Om Spirekassen

Christine Wiemann is a greenhouse grower and an agricultural technician and owner of the seed company Spirekassen. Christine is an author of several books about lifestyle, garden life and plant cultivation. Today she writes blogs and shares her knowledge and passion for greenhouses. Christine is a greenhouse expert and an ambassador for Juliana Drivhuse.

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