Monday, November 8, 2010

Say it with flowers!


We are all obsessed with flowers, especially now with the holiday season right upon us! Be it Dussera or Diwali, Christmas or New Year, nothing screams "FESTIVE" like a bowl of floating flowers or gorgeous blooms in a vase! Flowers, a few lit candles here and there, some munchies - and you have a party!


Now obviously we cannot be buying flowers every day..or at least I don't, much as I would like to, but if they are fresh when you buy them, they will stay for a while just by following some simple guidelines and rules. So here it is...


The Keeping Flowers Fresh 101 lesson....
*The most simple, yet least followed, tip to keep your flowers alive - change the water! I do this every day, a bit time consuming but so worth it.
* Add a small mixture of aspirin and sugar to the water, along with some type of antibacterial agent like vodka, vinegar or even a little bleach. Just a ¼ of a teaspoon is all you need.
* Drop a copper penny or any small copper object, in the vase.
* Cut the stems at a 45° angle with sharp scissors every day.
* Hold the stems underwater while you cut them.
* Remove any leaves that are submerged under the water.
* Cull any dying flowers as soon as possible.
* Keep the flowers away from any drafts (even fans!) and out of direct sunlight.
* Keep flowers away from fruit and other plants. Other flora can give off the gas, ethylene, which can cause flowers to wilt prematurely.
* Keep flowers away from appliances, like televisions and computers, which give off heat and can cause flowers to dehydrate.
* Clean your vase before you put flowers in it. Make sure you rinse out all of the soap!
*Keep them away from direct sunlight. Tulips and lots of other bulbs love being put outside in the cold air overnight, it really peps them up.
*Make sure your vases are thoroughly cleaned with bleach & water before putting your new flowers in to stop the spread of disease from old arrangement


Here are some lovely arrangements to inspire you.

12 comments:

Rekha said...

Truly inspiring Kamini, gr8 tips to keep the flowers fresh, something I really wanted to know. Thanks for sharing.

vineeta said...

That was an informative read & after seeing that 1st pic I knew I HAD to click this link :) Keep em coming!

Sanctified Spaces said...

Liked the aquarian exposition bit with the sunflowers.

Shanthi said...

Informative tips Kamini. We have seen earlier that u have green fingers :-).

Patricia Torres said...

So so lovely!! *sigh*...

Love those 101 tips..

In the first pic.. I like the use of multi coloured fabric on the chairs.. Looks awesome!! Who would think of doing that.. amazing!! How little things make such a huge difference..

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Oh what pretty flowers u have ,lovely!!
And love how u put all the tips together so beautifully and well!
I only knew the aspirin sugar one but these are all so new to me ,totally!!

PreeOccupied said...

I am going to do exactly what you have listed here. Just that I get lazy. But flowers are so expensive here, I need to make them last a little longer. Thanks, K.

Geeta said...

Helpful insights. Did not know most of it.

GB said...

All excellent tips--I do trim them back when I have time (like now) and i like to "plump" up my grocery flowers with a mixture of leaves from my backyard and walks. Right now I have that berry thing growing in my backyard, and there are plenty of evergreen trees around--Sometimes I find branckes on the ground......(I put the woody stuff outside the water container).

Loved the tip on keeping them away from fruits---I'd never thought of it and it makes perfect sense! Loved this post, Kamini!

Sayantani said...

very helpful tips. will follow these.

Neha Animesh said...

Thanks Kamini...for all these tips. Am sure they'll be very helpful.

Sound Horn Please said...

This was a very informative read! And very very useful- Thanks Kamini!