Whether it’s an a new scented candle, your favourite chocolate bar chucked into the shopping trolley last minute or an optimistic spring dress purchase for an occasion in the (hopefully) not too distant future, lockdown treats to yourself are basically an essential right now.
And when it comes to buying yourself presents, nothing feels more decadent than a bunch of flowers to you, from you. From sunshine-in-a-vase spring daffs to plump pretty peonies, we love a fresh bouquet as much as the next gal, but sometimes we just wish they lasted a little longer. That, and we seemingly still haven’t reached the level of adult where you have your sh!t together enough to replace the water regularly, and inevitably end up holding our nose and gagging as we chuck out a less than fragrant bunch of long-deceased blooms.
That’s where dried flowers come in. Formerly naff, now very much a thing. In fact, dried flowers – including the oh-so-grammable pampas grass – are so popular that South Shields council recently had to ask visitors to refrain from picking their own pampas from the seafront. Turns out it’s there to protect the sand dunes and ecosystem rather than just y’know, look pretty in a vase. Fear not; you don’t have risk a wrist-slap from the local council to get your dried flower fix, as there are plenty of brands ready to deliver beautiful bouquets direct to your door. From pampas grass to bunny tails (another Insta hit) and traditional blooms, a bunch of dried flowers is the perfect sustainable, affordable and lasting pick-me-up for you, a friend or a family member. Trust us, our Shida bouquet (purchased at the beginning of lockdown 1 and big enough to fill two vases) still gives off a delightful whiff of preserved eucalyptus, gypsophila and pink rice flower every time we walk past it. Keep scrolling for our pick of the preserved flower bunch.
The LouLou, £35, Shida Preserved Flowers
The BloomPosy Pastel, £15.95, Bloom Post
Yellow, Rodanthe & Sanfordii Letterbox Boquet, £15.50, LyttonRose Botanical at Etsy
Bunny Tail Grasses, £18, Lavender & Rose
The Sherbet Macaroon Dried Baked Blossom Bunch, £42, The Happy Blossoms
The Tayari, £36, Bloom & Wild
Pink Rose and Lavender Dried Medium Bouquet, £22, Book Block
Teal & Mustard Letterbox Bouquet, £15.95, FlowerConfettiUk at Etsy
Venus in a Can, £35, Dot and the Dandelion