Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fresh Flowers Can Last Awhile With Special Care



Fresh flowers are such a boon to sagging winter spirits.

Their bright colors, variety, and perky appearance cheer-up  anyone who's suffering from winter doldrums.

A couple of weeks ago, a floral shop person delivered a lovely bouquet of flowers to our house. It came protected with a plastic bag which, in itself, helped preserved the blooms from freezing to death.

They took center stage in the middle of the kitchen table. Each morning, they got a light misting from a special bottle we keep under the kitchen sink. Flowers can get dry in the winter, especially if heat generates from radiators. The daily misting keeps them moist and lovely.

A few drops of bleach in the water help, too. Or, if you don't care for the smell of bleach, you can add a tad of sugar or some ground-up baby aspirin! These will all help keep the flowers fresher for a longer period of time!




As flowers in the bouquet died, they were immediately removed and discarded. Finally, when just a few flowers remained, I placed them in a little crystal vase.  I pick up vases in every possible size at thrift stores. One can never have enough of these on hand.  Small bouquets of flowers make welcome gifts so a ready supply of vases comes in handy.

Now, almost a month after the flowers arrived, there's just a small bouquet of them left. I looked for a pretty battenburg lace place mat, placed it in the middle of the kitchen table, and set the crystal vase with flowers on it.

They still get a daily misting and, hopefully, they'll be around for at least another week!

WHAT KIND OF FLOWERS, IF ANY, DO YOU BUY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR?

12 comments:

Olga said...

Great tips; thank you for sharing them. The little bouquet on your table is very lovely.

La Tea Dah said...

I love your pretty little bouquet. I have a collection of little crystal vases --- just like yours! I like to use them at individual place settings when I have guests for a meal.

The flowers I have right now --- are pretty, but not cut. I have pretty pink begonias in full bloom in several of my planters. They cheer up the day!

LaTeaDah

diane stetson said...

Usually I do not buy flowers ...people give them to me. They come with a "food" packet in them and last and last. I love boquets of all kinds!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hey Susan! I don't usually buy flowers for myself, but enjoy recycling glass jars and filling them with bouquets for friends. Carnations really do last a very long time. Hope you have a great day. Tammy

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

I love flowers and usually buy a couple of bunches of whatever is avialable ,my favourites are day lillies ,yours are lovley!

Linda O'Connell said...

Flowers, sugar and an aspirin, perfect for ANOTHER snowy day :)

Hope Filled Living said...

Hi Susan,
I love to buy fresh flowers for the house throughout the whole year, but especially during the long winter months because they make me HAPPY! They remind me of what awaits me in my garden under all the snow!Thanks for the tips to prolong them.
Hugs.
Mary

Claus said...

The purple flowers, locally known as "flores de Semana Santa" are rather popular in Guatemala. Limonium (or Statice) can last a whole lot of weeks even without water you know? When Lent begins in Guatemala, this flower in either white, yellow or the purple color you have in your home, can be found in public markets, supermarkets, flower shops and - of course!- homes. I make flower arrangements with it, and they can last from Lent to Easter. Really, really lovely flower.
have a lovely day!

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing them :) I currently have a bouquet of red Carnations in my kitchen... they're so vibrant! ♥

LDH said...

You stretched the joy of these pretty blooms so far! They still look lovely! I love fresh flowers too. I have had my eye on some cut tulips but haven't bought any. They aren't the kind than last very long. You do have to trim the stems because they keep growing.

Chatty Crone said...

Most things that are alive - last longer with tender loving care and I can see you certainly did that with you flowers. They were beautiful.

sandie

Web Design Agency India said...

Spring is here and flowers are blooming. Whether you are cutting flowers from your own garden or buying them freshly cut from a flower shop, you want your cut flowers to last as long as possible.

Cut flowers last longest in environments that most closely approximate their living conditions before they were cut. This includes providing nourishment and minimizing the growth of bacteria.

That’s why you’ll see cut flower tips that include some crazy-sounding advice – like adding a teaspoon each of vodka and sugar to the vase water, or white vinegar, lemon juice, and sugar. Other tips include crushing an aspirin into the vase before adding water, or adding a little salt, baking soda, or soda pop, and even letting a copper penny settle to the bottom of the vase. Even bleach is recommended for fresh flowers, even if they discolor the stems.

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