Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fresh Flowers

We don't "do" Valentine's Day here, so these aren't Valentine's flowers. These are some flowers that Handy Man bought me over a week before Valentine's Day, when I wasn't feeling well. 

Some flowers last longer than others, and this arrangement seems to have some that last pretty well, like: mums, carnations and alstromeria. There are a few simple things you can do to make your flowers last a bit longer: 
  • Before placing the flowers in water, cut the stems with some really sharp shears or a knife. It's best to get a pair of shears for household us.  Scissors are not meant for flowers, they can crush the stems. Cut the stems at an angle so they absorb more water. 
    • If your arrangement came with a packet of flower food, add some to the water. If you don't have flower food, add a pinch of sugar to the water. Make sure the water is lukewarm.
    • If you use a flower preservative, you should change the water about 2-3 times per week. If you aren't using any preservative, change the water daily. Discard any wilted blooms when you see them. Keep your flowers out of direct sunlight or a drafty area.
    • These flowers are in a cool spot near a window, but out of direct sunlight. I've been doing my best to keep these flowers looking nice because winter is so bleak here and I want them to last. We'll see how long I can get them to last!

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