Casting a dry spell: Moist not a must for plants
Dried flowers can make for fine decorative additions and following an initiative started in the early 1980s to assist a Royal Project for hill tribe people they have also played a key role in bettering the lives of the less fortunate
Call me ignorant, but I was already an adult when I realised the value of dried flowers for interior decorating. Until then, the only flowers I had seen, in my native Philippines as well as in my adoptive home of Thailand, were fresh, plastic or made of cloth or paper.
COLOURFUL WORKPLACE: From upcountry hills and plains to the processing factory in Bangkok, dried flowers are a source of income for many people.
It was at the airport and in shop windows in Copenhagen in the early 1980s that I first saw dried flowers in vases. At the time I thought it was strange that the Danes kept flowers until they were dry. At first I surmised that it was because they did not have many flowers to enjoy, Denmark being a cold country. However, during my visit geraniums with their bright red flowers brightened up window sills and window boxes of private homes as well as public places such as train stations. Colourful tulips, rhododendrons, pansies and myriad other flowers made public parks a heavenly place to be for someone like me who loved flowering plants.
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