Flower Arranging

June for me is the month of flower.  If you didn’t already know I LOVE flowers and more often than not there are some on my table.  Rarely are they bought flowers more often than not they are cuttings from the garden, something we’ve plucked from a hedgerow on the way too or from school or carefully selected gathering to remind us of a lovely weekend walk.

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I don’t claim to be an expert on arranging flowers (I am rather anxious to be joining the church flower arranging rota soon) but I’ve had a little practice so I thought I would share what I do know.

  • Firstly the shorter you cut the stems of your flowers the longer they will last because the water won’t have to travel so far, using less of the plants energy.  Consider using a smaller vase, a jam jar, tea-cup or decorative bowl for your flowers.
  • Bacteria kills flowers so change the water regularly and add a tablespoon of household bleach to the water. Don’t panic the bleach will not kill the flowers, quite the opposite. Then add a tsp of sugar to feed your flowers.
  • Tulips stems will continue to grow after they are cut, that’s why they look floppy after a few days.  Don’t be afraid to trim the stems of your cut flowers every few days.  Cut at an angle to give greater surface area so your flowers can absorb as much water as possible.
  • Remove any leaves that will be below the water line they will just make the water disgusting and reduce the life span of your flowers.
  • Flowers like cool temperatures.  If you have bought flowers for a special occasion keep them in water in a cool place (like your garage or shed) until you need them.

I hope you have found these tips useful in extending the life of those precious blooms that grace your home.  I’ll leave you with a picture of our May-day posies.  This year we chose to revive the ancient tradition of giving May-day Posies of wild flowers to our neighbors & I hung a little jar of flowers on our front door in honor of the day. You can read more about this tradition here.

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