Why are dried flowers going wild ?

Dried flowers, it’s a trend Le Futiloscope follows as closely as milk on a hot stove…we congratulate ourselves on having sniffed it out as soon as April 2016, well before you started to see it in pseudo-trendy optometrist stores; in clothing stores for young female professionals ; or in pretentious local-distribution veggie restaurants ( all the same we can’t wait for them to re-open!). It’s become mainstream and dried flowers have shown themselves to be exquisite lockdown partners especially since our favorite florists have all closed up. Without hesitation, they’re always ready to share their never-ending graceful beauty with us. Or lend themselves to easy new arrangements: in a terracotta pitcher (just pop them in), enough with vintage jars! And you don’t even have to change the water, a real plus in these furiously domestic times we live in…

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Though we are forever thankful to the ever-faithful lavender (Limonium) and its acolyte Billy Button (Craspedia) we can’t help but think there might be an update available. To confirm, we asked Corinne Marchetti, who is our guest on this post, a first for Le Futiloscope (and we’re delighted that it’s with her!). Ah Corinne! She is the founder of Pompon Bazar (Paris, 10th arrondissement ), a super boutique for home decoration, that we have often talked about on our Instagram posts. She is also one of the first to have opened a “dried flower bar”. She offered “wall hangings”, “jungalow”, knickknacks with eyes or hands, Balinese drum bags well before the craze…all of this to say she captures the trends before they start and remains modest in the bargain.

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This time Corinne is definite: the next big trend in dried flowers will be wildflowers! “Personally, I consider the bouquet of dried wildflowers a supreme luxury: they’re unique (not produced in quantity), hand-picked and of great sentimental value (the souvenir of a walk, a place, a moment)” she tells us. That’s very good news, this vindication of gleaning! Especially during this period where many of us have retired to the country during confinement, in the mountains, near to the backwoods and can briefly wander along authorized slopes and paths (Of course, officer, I have my certificate and it’s only been 23 minutes that I’ve been out walking)…even Le Futilo Paris is picking beautiful grasses along the Romanesque boulevards of the outer 16ème, and that says a lot.

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Obviously the results of drying wildflowers are less predictable than those of their famed siblings . You never know what you’re going to find, a crazy tuft, a little designer stump, and that’s the most amusing part, surprise, surprise! “The best thing to do is test them out” Corinne suggests, “petals are fragile, for poppies as an example, you only keep the core”. Little branches and wild grasses dry very well and give an effect less corny than certain commercial bouquets, often at the limit of a hippie marriage. “What they lose in the brightness of their color (as opposed to cultivated flowers), wildflowers gain in graphism. You have to embrace their imperfections, their often bizarre forms and the great subtlety of their colors” notes Corinne. To list all those that lend themselves to the game, “You Dry You Win”: camomille, fennel, wheat, sunflowers, immortals, heather, ferns, lavender, thistle, oats, eucalyptus, junipers, garlic flowers, pampas grass, palm fonds, olive tree branches…we listed only the names we know, but yarrow and foxtail work well too…

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It’s your move, hanging them upside down on a wall ALWAYS works, though the result is a bit off kilter for a majestic bouquet. And if you lose patience between two loads of wash and 12 conf calls per day, soon there will be a tab “Dried wildflowers” on the Pompon Bazar site. Many thanks Corinne.

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