(Family Features) The beauty of having a garden is there are buds continually blooming on one plant or another throughout the spring, summer and fall. While this provides lovely views from your windows, it's also nice to bring all that beauty indoors.
Don't be afraid to snip off a few blossoms every week. Many plants thrive after a good trim and will reward you with even more flowers. Once you've gathered a beautiful bouquet from your cutting garden or the local florist, it's easy to keep fresh flowers at their best. Here are a few hints to help keep them flourishing for a week or more:
- Bacteria will quickly destroy fresh flowers, which is why it's important to use a clean vase. Any floral foam, wires or frogs used in your arrangement must also be washed in warm, soapy water.
- Remove any lower leaves that may come in contact with water inside the vase.
- Carefully trim each flower stem at a 90-degree angle as soon as you get your bouquet home. Some swear by cutting flowers while they are under water to keep moisture flowing into the stems.
- Keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight. The darker and cooler the room, the longer your blossoms will bloom.
- Many gardeners swear by adding in a crushed aspirin, bleach, vinegar, sugar or a copper penny. However, you can keep bacteria at bay and help cut flowers thrive by adding a packet of flower food to the water. It can be found at your local florist or on the internet.
Flowers are living things that still require water, food and care after they are cut. So, every 2-3 days be sure to change the water, replenish the flower food and recut the stems. Your bouquet will thank you with several days of glorious color.