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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cut Flowers

Some flowers that have started to bloom in my garden.  A yellow climbing rose bush, it is glorious this time of year.  It only lasts a very short time, but it is truly a show stopper.  My first long stem rose of the season, the only one in the garden.  The lilies are in full bloom, a sure sign of spring to come.  And the lavender so fragrant and pretty, is in abundance.

I am always in awe at the first signs of spring, it's probably because I grew up in a concrete jungle.  I don't remember much green as a child.  But one memory I do have is in the spring through fall our street was lined with trees that seemed to make a tunnel.  I loved those trees, they seemed magical, but one day they were all cut down.  As a child I thought my haven had been taken from me, I was devastated.  I am sure that is one of the big reasons I love spring. Seeing everything come to life is my best time of year.

Cut flowers from the market are a great way to have spring any time of the year.

When buying cut flowers at the market, always pick tight, unopened blooms.
Trim off at least 1" of the stem cutting on the angle with shears. 
This will allow the water to move up the stems easily.
Remove any leaves that will be below the water line in your vase.
For cut flowers to survive, give them sugar for nourishment and an acidic ingredient 
like lemon-lime soda or aspirin, which allows the plant to absorb water more easily. 
 A drop of bleach prevents bacteria and also lengthens their lives.

After the cut flower is placed in water they will continue to grow about 2 more inches.


1 comment:

  1. Great tips! I love spring time as well, but I've always had a hard time getting my cut flowers to stay pretty.