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Fresh Flowers vs. Dry vs. Artificial

By Judith A. Babb

What will it be fresh flowers, dry, or artificial ones? Now here is a dilemma many people have when it comes to choosing the best flower arrangement for a special occasion or just for a home decoration.

The decision is easier to make if you consider a few factors such as budgeting or personal taste. But from past experience, you should definitely go with fresh flower arrangements especially if you want to use them as a symbol of your personality and style.      

FLOWER COMPARISON CHART    

ARTIFICIAL

PROS:
  • Low maintenance
  • Cheap prices
  • Suited for persons with allergies
CONS:
  • Zero fragrance
  • No natural color
  • Do not retain that special affect fresh flowers have after a while no one remembers them

DRY

PROS:
  • Closest to natural flowers
  • Last a few years if well preserved
CONS:
  • Dry flowers don't preserve the fragrance as well
  • After the drying  process, many of the flowers lose some of the natural beauty and color

FRESH

PROS:
  • Affordable for most any budget
  • Maintains their fragrance
  • Colors are always vibrant
  • One of the most popular gifts for any occasion
  • The symbol of style and good taste
  • They provide lasting memories
CONS:
  • They fade and eventually die

 Of course, there are many pros and cons on both sides, and I think that everyone should choose what best suits the occasion, but remember: flower arrangements should always leave an unforgettable impression, which is always created by a perfect mixture of color, texture and artistic impression.


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 Artificial Flower Arrangements

The majority of people who choose artificial flowers do it because they require no maintenance. All you have to do is put the floral arrangement it in a corner, forget about it and go about your business, because you won’t have to worry about any water spills or having to change the soil or even prune the leaves. So you can simply consider it a part of the static decor of your office or home. Artificial flowers might require a little cleaning ever once in a while, but don’t worry too much about it: all you have to do is wipe them with a damp cloth and a bit of water.

Another advantage of purchasing artificial flowers would be the price. Most of the times the cost of artificial flowers is lower than the price of natural flowers, however, remember that the quality often matches the price of the artificial flower product. Nevertheless, artificial flower arrangements, made of silk, plastic or who knows what other materials will never create the same impression as natural flowers. If you are willing to invest a bit more in your artificial flowers, you can find quality silk ones. The silk reproductions are quite close to the natural flowers in general, but they lack the freshness and the vitality that only a fresh picked flower could offer.

Now if you are thinking about giving a gift of artificial flowers to someone dear, think twice before you go shopping. Sure, artificial flowers might last longer, but fresh flower arrangements are truly an expression of love and respect. Would you really want to give a plastic flower arrangement to your wife, mother, or sweetheart? It might last for years, but the memory of that wonderful, fresh flower arrangement will last forever, just as love stays in a person’s soul rather than in objects.

Why would people want to use artificial flower arrangements instead of using natural, fresh, flowers? Well, I can tell you a couple of good reasons. By all means, buy artificial flowers if you are allergic to real ones or if the person to whom you want to give a gift of flowers to is.

Another good reason to choose artificial flowers instead of fresh ones would be location. Yes, the location because if, let’s say, you want fresh roses as an example for your wedding and you live in a remote area, it could be pretty expensive to import them for the ceremony. Just stick with some quality silk roses instead and use the budget for something else. On the other side, think about a wedding on a hot summer day; fresh flowers may wilt because of the summer heat, but artificial ones won’t, but if you are planning everything carefully, you can easily adapt in order to find the best natural flowers for your ceremony. (Find local types of flowers in remote areas and make sure you have refrigeration for the flowers in summer.) It’s up to you to decide whether you want artificial flowers or fresh ones for any occasion.

Dried Flower Arrangements

If you are looking for durability when purchasing a floral arrangement, dried flowers are the closest choice to the natural flowers. This is because dried flowers are still the real thing preserved in a manner that partially maintains the Dried flower arrangement - Dry arrangement in vasequalities of natural flowers. A variety of natural flowers are dried through several methods, such as: freeze-drying, air-drying, using the microwave or by placing them in silica gel. What’s great about dried flowers is that you can make them yourself, rather that purchasing them. Many people have made a hobby from drying flowers, and this is even better if you love fresh flower arrangements. You might wonder why I just said that. Well, if you love fresh flowers but hate to see them fade away and die, you can preserve them through one of the easy drying processes I have mentioned above.

In most cases, people decide on the type of flowers they want by considering the preservation factor. Want to keep them forever? You have two options:

  • Buy artificial flowers, as their look will never change;
  • Depending on the type of fresh flowers you choose, you can dry them or preserve them either way, they might not look the same in few years.

From my point of view, trying to preserve flowers forever is like trying to stay young forever. They are wonderful and unique while they are fresh, but no matter how much we try to keep them alive, there comes a time when we have to let them go and accept that flowers were meant to bring us beauty and wonderful memories, even if for a short period of time. Why should we go for the artificial flowers when we can enjoy the true thing of beauty, with living colors, stunning fragrances and the miracle of nature?

The best choice – Fresh Flower Arrangements

Choosing fresh flowers for your home or for special occasions is always a choice of style and personality. Nature has provided us with so many wonderful flowers, and fortunately, finding the flowers that highlight your personality and taste has become an easy task. Whether you decide to shop for them from the local florist, order them online, or grow your own, you will find that fresh flowers are always the best choice.

Natural flowers have so many things to share, from smells, shapes and colors, they all have something to say – ‘This is a special occasion’. If you love fresh flowers but you don’t want to spend a fortune on them, just buy flowers that are in season locally. This way, you will be able to enjoy the freshness and theFresh flower arrangement - Fresh flower arragement in blue pot wonderful smells anytime you want. One of the ways I save on spending is to check with the supermarket in the area to find out when they get in their flower shipments. That way, I not only save on costs over buying from a florist, but I also get fresher flowers for making my arrangements. If you get to know the person in the floral department, many times you can get them to hold certain flowers for you until you can come and pick them up.

Many women want to create a wedding that will be an unforgettable experience, and it is easy to use fresh flowers to create that effect. Just think about fresh flower arrangements as being the best way to set the mood for your event. You can have a formal black-tie gala with roses or exotic orchids or you can create a natural garden party by using local flowers and wild flower arrangements. As you can see, fresh flowers are the way to express your mood and personal style.

The bottom line when it comes to flower arrangements is that you need to choose what makes you happy. What is the impression you want to create when giving a gift of flowers? What do you want to remember twenty years from now about your wedding? Do you want a house full of life and nature or do you like a Fresh flower arrangement - Fresh flower arrangement in low bowlmore static decor? A fresh arrangement of flowers can make the difference between a dull room and a fresh, stylish room. Think about your preferences when it comes to color, flower smells and types. Check out a few magazines or even talk with your local florist for suggestions, then you will be ready to turn your visions into reality.                                                       

  

Judith A. Babb is a self-taught floral design expert and author of “Flower Arrangements Made Simple”, loves to see everyone enjoy the beauty of flower arrangements has created an easy step by step guide available at http://www.artisticflowerarrangements.com. Sign up for the free monthly newsletter “Flower Talk” and receive numerous tips and techniques for making your own flower arrangements.

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and save up to $800 a year
or more over the cost of a florist while creating
beautiful and unique flower arrangements for
yourself, family and friends!

With my quick step-by-step method of flower arranging you can now become a floral arrangement specialist.

“FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS MADE SIMPLE”
Written by Judith A. Babb

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(You are under no obligation to buy.)