Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summer blooms

It's definitely still summer time outside, and the thick heady scent of perfumed blossoms make the outdoors an intoxicating place to be on our evening walks. As much as I enjoy the flowers outside, I can never resist the urge to bring them back indoors with me. Even a single blossom just lights up a whole space. I loved the artful arranging in this editorial, it just shows you don't need a fancy vase to show off summer flowers, just keep it simple and let the blooms speak for themselves.

Here are a few tips from Style at Home on keeping your blooms looking fresh and lasting longer:
1 Choose stems with buds that are just beginning to open; full blooms mean the plant is nearing the end of its life. Make sure leaves are shiny, not dull.
2 Cut stems at a 45-degree angle before placing flowers in a container to increase water intake and extend their lifespan. Use a sharp knife or scissors; a dull blade can injure stems and keep them from getting nutrients.
3 Strip the lower leaves, ensuring none are below water level, which can promote bacteria growth.
4 Use lukewarm water for most flowers. Change water every two days.
5 Keep your bouquet longer by adding floral food. Mix one teaspoon lemon or lime juice, a teaspoon sugar and a few drops of bleach for each litre of water.
{Photos: Virginia McDonald for Style at Home, article text by Sandra MacGregor}


Diana Mieczan said...

Those are such a wonderful tips,sweetie...Im surely going to use them:) Thank you:) I love those flowers and I always make sure to have some in my house:)

Kisses my lovely

Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi said...

Thanks for the tips!

I can't remember what TV show I saw it on, but they said that if you put a penny in with your tulips as well as some vodka it will keep them from wilting.

escapade said...

I've heard that one too - it's funny that vodka makes tulips stand up straight, it has the opposite effect on me...


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