Admittedly I don’t think I really
knew how to dry flowers out well until I read this book. Only in recent years have dried flowers had a resurgence thanks to people and businesses demonstrating their sustainability values (before that they were more of a Grandma thing), so when I was completing my Floristry Certificate, it wasn’t on the curriculum.
Bex explains that there is much more involved than just hanging an old bunch upside down. Factors like sunlight, moisture, and heat can completely transform the dried result from muted and pale to vibrant colour. I am amazed at how much colour Bex’s dried flowers have retained and was shocked to see she had dried out varieties I didn’t know were possible.
I love Bex’s zero waste ethos in her processes (which I suppose is what drying out flowers is in the first place), which she weaves into a thorough list of “How-To’s”; Bex explains in detail how to make everything from wreaths, to botanical mobiles, to flower garlands to gift cards.
My favourite page in this book would have to be the one where Bex suggests picking flowers to dry on days of significance eg. the birth of a family member. What a nice way to pause, reflect and remember that day.
Everlastings is a celebration of the life of flowers, showcasing the ethereal beauty of dried flowers. Bex Partridge takes you on a journey, starting with practical advice on how to pick flowers both at your home and outdoors, with in-depth descriptions of the many methods of drying blooms, seed heads and foliage, before sharing her favourite ways to style with dried flowers in the home as well as wearable items such as floral crowns and hair clips. The main section of the book features over 20 projects to try at home, all accompanied with beautiful photography. Suitable for both those that have never worked with dried flowers before and the seasoned professionals, the projects span many levels of experience. Bex shares ideas on how to capture the memories and moments of special days, through the gathering and preserving of flowers, to be treasured for years to come. She also shares her knowledge of the ecological benefits of dried flowers, as well as chapters on foraging and thoughts on the meditative benefits of working with dried flowers. Filled with stunning imagery that Bex has become known for online, Everlastings presents a modern take on an age-old craft.