Fresh Flower Tips

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I’m expecting some friends for lunch and I’m still in my robe, so I’ll make this quick — but chances are it’s day three since the Valentine flowers from your honey arrived at the door. If that’s the case, today is the day to give new life to those blossoms of love—Isn’t it kind of nice to have all the sap behind us for another year?

Take a moment (well, maybe it’s more like 10 minutes) to tend to your bouquet.  Change the water out completely, snip the ends of the stems, discard any dead or failing blooms and add the following simple solution (you can use one of those flower food packets but this recipe is like liquid gold for your cut flowers).

Recipe: DIY Flower Food

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon bleach

Mix the ingredients together and pour into the vase, fill with fresh water and stir.

This is beginning to sound like a cocktail! Yikes—don’t drink it!

Something to remember when it comes to water for your flowers—you want to steer clear of softened or reverse osmosis water; the sodium isn’t good for cut flowers. The best water to use is distilled, purified or the water from your garden hose.

After a few more days, I like to take apart the bouquet, keeping what still looks good, then trim the stems and put it in a smaller vase, even a simple water glass with fresh water and fresh flower food. Valentine flowers, especially, are so expensive that it’s nice to make the flowers last as long possible.

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5 thoughts on “Fresh Flower Tips”

Great tips Val!
Agreed on the floral cocktail! Lemon keeps it smelling sweet, bleach keeps the bacteria out and the sugar gives them the same boost as it does us!

I always suggest that my clients take care of their flowers to guarantee maximum life… You get a “A++”.

Also I agree … Dont be afraid the separate the bouquet as blooms open. Then you can enjoy the bouquet in each room!

We have to do a class together! You could be a guest speaker! We got get on that before my wedding season hits!



I’m commenting on the tomato sauce. I can my own sauce, but not opposed to buying sauce, if I think it is good natural sauce like I would make. I like lots of herbs, in the summer fresh parsley and basil and any veggies avaliable from my garden. I have jars of tomatoes with zucchini, onions, yellow squash,garlic. I use them with pasta or soups. In the winter I have dried herbs to use. Also lots of dried oregano, which grows in my area.the oregano is a perennial, parsley and basil I plant every year. So I am happy to see what you use. I also grow my own garlic, which last until about June. Gotta plant it in October, like daffodils.

Flowers speak the language of love. It also speaks your concern and condolence on specific occasions of grief and sorrow. One of the best ways of expressing your love and affection to your beloved ones is through flowers – The flowers, colorful, fragrant and fresh from the gardens. ‘,

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