I think cut garden flowers are about as budget friendly as you can get!!!! They can make gorgeous bouquets from spring until frost!!! If there is one complaint about garden flowers it is that they don’t last very long when they are cut. Not to worry! You can have cut garden flowers that will last inside with these easy, doable tips! With just a little care your bunches of pretty flowers will last and last!
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Now, Here are some tips for great garden flowers arrangements…
1. CUT FLOWERS IN THE EARLIER PART OF THE MORNING
Flowers do better if they are cut in the earlier part of the morning after the dew dries on the grass. If mornings are not good, cut them in the late evening.
SG Tip: If you don’t have annuals and perennials or a garden, how about clipping some of your summer flower pots and putting the blooms in a great container or pitcher! They will looks so pretty! Roadside flowers and grasses also will look pretty!
2. CHOOSE A GREAT CONTAINER
Garden flowers deserve a very special container. Special, as in, homespun…vintage… pitchers or jars! Keep the good crystal for store bought beauties. Use something from the kitchen to put your garden flowers in! I think flowers from our gardens are the happiest in humble, chippy containers!
Peonies and roses from the garden look especially pretty in this old white pitcher with crazing.
3. ADD NUTRIENTS TO FRESH COOL WATER TO GIVE FLOWERS A LONGER LIFE
There are all kinds of great concoctions to put in fresh water to use as a way to extend the life of garden flowers. We all have our favorites. I love to use floral preservative from the florist. They know flowers and that’s what they use!!! If I run out I use a little sugar or flat lemon-lime flavored soda and a tiny, itsy-bitsy splash of bleach. The sugar “feeds” the flowers and the bleach helps to keep bacterial at bay!
4. STRIP ALL THE LEAVES AND BUDS BELOW THE WATER LINE
Don’t skip this step!!! Make sure there are no leaves below the water line. They decompose quickly and will pollute the water and ruin cut flowers!
5. RECUT FLOWERS
Before putting garden flowers in a container recut them with a very sharp knife or scissors. Then quickly add them to the container.
SG Tip: Hold the flowers up to the container to see where you need to cut them.
6. ARRANGE FLOWERS WITH LARGER FLOWERS CLOSER TO THE CONTAINER
Flowers look prettier if arranged in a pyramid or triangle shape. Keep larger flowers towards the bottom of the arrangement and spiky, airy or little blooms at the top.
7. SPRAY THE ARRANGEMENT WITH A CHEAP HAIRSPRAY
Yes, hairspray! Give it a try! It keep moisture in the flowers and keeps them from dropping. Spray a light coating from about 1 foot away. I usually arrange flowers on my potting bench, so I spray them outside.
8. RECUT AND ADD NEW WATER AND NUTRIENTS EVERY DAY
Garden flowers need a little extra attention to last longer. I like to recut, add new water and nutrients and remove spent blooms every day. It only takes a few minutes and you just might get a couple extra days out of your blooms!
You can also add a couple fresh flowers in place of spent ones to an arrangement daily!
9. KEEP FLOWERS COOL AND OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT
This is very important!!!! Flowers don’t like heat and sun once they are cut. Keep them in a cool place and out of direct sunlight! They will be so much happier and reward you by not drooping!
10. USE EMERGENCY METHODS TO REVIVE GARDEN FLOWERS
If your flowers decide they are tired and want to wilt in the first day or two you can always submerge them in cool water for an hour or two, then follow the tips above. They should revive!
A NOTE ABOUT HERBS AND EDIBLE FLOWERS…
If you don’t have flowers how about a little bouquet of herbs? They smell fabulous and you can use them in cooking too! Don’t use the tips above for herbs… especially if you are going to eat them! Just recut them daily and change the water!
I like to keep a “bouquet” of assorted herbs on my kitchen counter. I love the smell and if they are nearby I am more likely to use them in my recipes!
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