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Let's discover the dried flowers

Let's discover the dried flowers

North-east of Mayenne, at the foot of Mont des Avaloirs, the highest point in western France, Carmen Cholet and her son David offer you a visit to their flowery granaries at a place called Le Turet in Champfrémont. The barn door barely crossed, that exhales a sweet scent of dried herbs and herbal teas. On the ground, baskets of multicolored squash dry, while the ceiling is entirely covered with bouquets of flowers patiently waiting to dry. A small staircase on the right invites you to go up, you take it ... Your gaze is irretrievably drawn upwards, and surprise gives way to wonder. You are then transported in a wonderful decor of hanging bouquets, of all colors, of all sizes. Further on, you will discover the workshop where Carmen and her son make round, flat bouquets, flower balls, garnished baskets, decorated hats and looking up, you will be surprised by the roundabout of painted or misshapen coloquints according to their inspiration. This is how, for 35 years, Carmen has realized her passion for flowers and uses her artistic taste.

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J-F. Mahé ** Statice sinuata ** Multiple small flowers gathered at the top of each stem according to a palette of white, blue, purple or yellow colors which remain very bright after drying.

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J-F. Mahé ** Amour en cage ou physalis ** The warm orange color of its small lanterns makes it very decorative. An idea to compose a pretty Christmas wreath!

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J-F. Mahé ** Amarantoïde ** Its flowers are like small pine cones with petals resembling scales with well-asserted hues.

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J-F. Mahé Although complex, the names of flowers, mostly in Latin, have no secrets for Carmen. So frail and fragile, they are all immortal and will bloom for a long time in your vases, brighten up your beams or a nice woven basket.

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J-F. Mahé ** Carthamus ** A ball of saffron-yellow petals that contrast with the green of the leaves. Its flowers are used in dyeing and Safflower oil with many properties comes from its seeds.

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J-F. Mahé ** The pope's or lunar currency. ** Its mauve or white flowers transform at the seed stage, into pearly, translucent discs, similar to silver coins hence its other name "of grass with shields" .

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J-F. Mahé ** Hydrangea or hydrangea ** Magnificent balls of small flowers, of various colors which once well dried can curl for a long time in a round vase or a basket.

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J-F. Mahé ** Wheat ** Long and fine, wheat goes well with other flowers for a rustic bouquet.

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J-F. Mahé ** Lark's foot. ** It is majestic and elegant by the large size of its pink or blue floral stems.

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J-F. Mahé ** Poppy ** Poppy and its gray, pale yellow capsules, full of tiny seeds that tinkle when shaken. In the language of flowers, we associate it with dreams, rest, oblivion.

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J-F. Mahé ** Sorghum ** A grass, close to corn, but whose tall stems end in a panicle of flowers. Its leaves contain a red dye.

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J-F. Mahé Carmen CHOLET, fulfilled in her magical world, making a bouquet according to her inspiration, or to respond to a particular order. Difficult to leave this attic empty-handed, but easy to let yourself be tempted by a compound bouquet, a painted coloquinte or by small bouquets of flowers or grasses to be arranged as desired.