Thursday, January 1, 2015

My First Dry Flower Arrangement: Karl Foerster, Annabelle Hydrangea, Hardy Pampas Grass



So this is my first attempt to create a dried flower arrangement using the 'fruits' of my tiny backyard. Our guest bathroom was missing something - it's a green and brown palette - and I thought a dried arrangement would be a good fit.

bathroom dried grass flower arrangement


I started with just a few stalks of the Karl Foerster feather reed grass (I want to type Karl Forrester so bad but I know it's Foerster). I'm going to try to tag each of my plants as keywords like this: [Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster']. The feather reed grass by itself was pretty weak, so I added a couple dried hydrangea [Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'].

Dried Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass
Dried Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass

Dried Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
Dried Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

I bought a Hardy Pampas Grass [Erianthus ravennae] on sale at Lowe's this Fall, and it only had 2 fruiting stalks of feathery seeds. I was debating leaving them up all winter, but I decided to chop them down and use them in the arrangement as well. These things are BIG so it added some much needed vertical height.

Dried Erianthus ravennae 'Hardy Pampas Grass'
Dried Erianthus ravennae 'Hardy Pampas Grass'

Any tips? I think next time I will try a larger vase, and more hydrangea to create different vertical layers instead of just a few things at the base and two giant vertical stalks. Not bad for a first try!

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