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One of my favorite, relatively small, decorative touches is displaying fresh cut flowers in as many rooms as I possibly can.

Image via Brabourne Farms

This time of year (in most of North America) it is particularly easy to obtain beautiful flowers either from the garden or from the market or both.

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Last Friday afternoon, Trader Joe’s had huge bundles of stocks, grouped by color, for only $3.99.

 

 

 

We were having dinner guests so I purchased the white bundle and by pairing it with my iceberg roses, ended up with flowers in 3 different rooms.  One of our guests gave me a bouquet of simple white mums and hot pink daisies (which may have been dyed) so I ended up with 4 sizable bouquets.  They make me smile when I enter the room.

To keep them looking fresh and to avoid the murky, mossy, smelly water that can quickly develop in a vase I had to do the following…

1)  Cut the stems of all flowers on a slant with a very sharp knife or sharp pruning shears.  Remove all leaves and foliage that will be below the water line in the vase, this foliage can increase the bacteria in the water once they (leaves) start to rot due to being submersed.

2)  Every day, if at all possible (every other day if you’re really busy) take the bouquet to the kitchen sink and rinse the stems and replace the *water.  On the 3rd or 4th day clip the ends of the stems to give them a fresh start for drinking the water.

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*I have read that there are several things you can add to the water to prolong the life of the floral arrangement…I’ve tried most of these steps and find that fresh water daily works as well and/or better than any one of these:  a drop of dish washing liquid; an aspirin; a copper penny; a drop of bleach; a packet of the preservative most bouquets come with; or 7-up…(we sometimes have an ant issue and I never want to tempt them by filling my flower vases with a sweet beverage).

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Once you begin to lose a few blossoms, take the bouquet to the sink (if you have more than one vase of flowers this will be even easier) and remove the dead stems, rearrange and combine flowers from other bouquets until you have a pleasing arrangement. Voila!  You’ll be so happy!

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{The above images noted with via are from one of my favorite floral blog sites, Small Stump + Studio Choo.  Click on the link below and be amazed!

Small Stump + Studio Choo is an art studio and online shop based in the wee coastal town of Pacifica, California. The online shop is stocked with a collection of art and woodwork created by owners Jill and Matt Rizzo and a few vintage goodies.

 

What are your favorite flowers?  Do you keep fresh flowers in your home?