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Best Fake Flowers
It is speculated that people have been replicating their surrounding world of plants and flowers (like the best fake flowers here) ever since Man walked the Earth. Artifacts found in ancient caves include flower replicas made from wood shavings, stones and even human hair.
Early Egyptians replicated leaves and flowers using thin plates of horn stained with different colorful dyes. They also made accurate models from copper, silver and a variety of materials coated with a thin layer of gold. These replicas were formed into wreaths which adorned their heads during the most celebrating events. Romans were masters at replicating flowers in wax, but also made floral wreath crowns out of their wealth of gold and silver. Floral wreaths and other creations were highly prized.
Silk flower arrangements became a business commodity in the 1100s when Italians began to master the art of using the cocoons of silkworms to form floral replicas, coloring them with dyes, and selling the beautifully soft models of flowers. Business competition crept up hard during the 1300s when the French continued to improve both the quality of the silk fabric and the quality of the art of realistically replicating flowers. There is a story about Marie Antoinette, in 1775, being presented with a silk rosebud so perfectly realistic that it caused her to faint.
Many French artisans later brought their craft with them to England and by the 1800s English settlers were crafting silk flowers in America.
During the Victorian Era, 1837 to 1901, fresh and silk flower arrangements adorned tables and mantels with magnificent style and flair. Flowers were such an intricate part of culture and society that understanding the special language of flowers was as important to people as being well-dressed. From apple blossom to zinnia, the meaning of each flower and the way it was presented spoke volumes.
Through the 1900s to present day, fabric flower replicas have been made from many materials including cotton, nylon stockings, paper, sateen, and the now most popular polyester. Experimentation continues and some of the most ultra-realistic looking and ultra-realistic feeling fake flowers are actually composed of chemical composites such as polyurethane, latex, polyvinyl chloride and even more advanced polymers.
“Silk flower arrangements” is an accepted generic term referring to fabric as well as the “real feeling” polymer type plants. Materials used and skills of the artisans have both increased in quality to the point that silk flower arrangements are often mingled with their fresh counterparts in order to enhance displays, provide event keepsakes, and for numerous other reasons.
Although evolution has seen countless changes, the common thread throughout time is that each silk flower arrangement is a work of art.
Silk flowers are a good thing for those people that don’t have a green thumb and just do not have the time to tend them. Artificial decorations through time have evolved from those lousy looking plastics to silk materials that are really close to being natural looking.
These days it is really hard to tell which flowers are true and which are artificially made.
Silk flowers are just as good as natural flowers even way better, they can be cut to your own predefined length and their petals can even be arranged the way you like them. They also come in different shades and colors that you can order all throughout the years, unlike the natural flowers which only come out seasonal.
You can also do different arrangements for silk flowers, like for example you can just tie a set of silk flowers and just set it out on a table not needing a pot or even a bowl of water to make it last longer.
The good thing about silk flowers for home decoration is the elasticity of styles that you can make from them. Since their stems are made up of wired plastic you can just twist and turn them the way you want it to be.
With the evolution of silk plants from funny plastic sort-of-things to lovely specimens that you have to touch to see if they’re real, silk orchids have gained respect and popularity. Many orchids are such phenomenal specimens when they bloom, that even the real don’t look real.
There are approximately 25,000 species of Orchids growing in every country in the world except Antarctica. They grow from high in the tree tops to underground (Austrian orchid grows underground and is pollinated by ants). Domestically, over 100,000 hybrids have been developed.
This article is Part 1 of a series discussing the common Orchid types that can be found today in silk flower arrangements. Moth Orchids, Slipper Orchids, and Vanda Orchids can be found in gorgeous silk orchid arrangements.
Moth Orchids are probably the most common orchid in the market today. Also called Phalaenopsis orchids, and abbreviated Phal, these orchids bloom once or twice a year with flowers that last two to three months. Most are epiphytic, which means they grow non-parasitically on another plant, such as a tree, and derive their moisture and nutrition from the air, rain, and sometimes debris which accumulates around it–not from the structure they’re growing on. They mostly grow in shade. Phals are native throughout Southeast Asia, southern China, the Indian Subcontinent, New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and northern Australia. With single stems covered with blooms of incredible colors, Moth Orchids make elegant silk orchids and can be used in silk flower centerpieces or as room accents.
Slipper Orchids, also called Lady Slipper Orchids, have also been modeled into striking silk orchids. These plants are mostly terrestrial, which means that the plant grows on, in, or from the land; however some are lithospheric growing on rocks obtaining nutrition from rain water and decaying tissue. These types of orchids have a “slipper”, a pouch shaped lower petal which catches the insects that pollinate them. They grow in northern temperate land masses with the majority in East Asia. The United States is home to 11 Slipper species. In fact one species, Showy Lady’s Slipper, is Minnesota’s state flower.
Because so many Slipper Orchids sold in the market today are dug from the wild, and because domestically grown Slipper Orchids can take 6 to 8 years to reach the flowering stage, many people choose silk flowers for their lady slipper orchid display.
Vanda Orchids are highly prized for their flashy, fragrant, long-lasting and intensely colorful flowers. They put on quite a show in silk orchid arrangements. Native to the East Asian tropics and ranging from Sri Lanka to China, the Philippines, and northern Australia, Vanda Orchids are considered to be the most highly evolved of all orchids. Requiring high heat, high humidity, drenching rain followed by dry spells, Vandas are very difficult to grow even for orchid enthusiasts. All the more reason to “grow” Vandas in silk flower arrangements!
Moth, Slippers, and Vandas are among the many silk orchids available today in Silky Flower Store. All very different and all so beautiful, these silk orchids can brighten, enlighten, and bring joy and instant elegance into any space. Their “real” models are among the most evolved, gorgeous, and amazing plants in the world.