NOTE: This is your regularly scheduled Tuesday post, which I finished and walked away from yesterday, neglecting to hit the PUBLISH button. So now it’s Wednesday’s post. 🙂
Did you ever have a toothache when you were a kid and your mother told you to put an aspirin on your tooth to numb the pain? Did you do it? If so, just how long were you able to hold the aspirin in your mouth before spitting it out and declaring that the toothache was more tolerable than that nasty aspirin?
I called my-daughter-the-dentist today to ask her about this practice of her late grandma’s and she informed me that she has actually had patients come in with burns on their gums from trying this. I knew it! And this is exactly why I never made my kids do the same thing.
“What,” you say, “does this have to do with creating an Ever-Changing Flower Arrangement?” You MUST know by now that I always get to the point eventually.
This is the first year that I’ve begun to feel like I might make it as a gardener in South Carolina. Some of the bushes I put in two years ago are finally looking strong and the new flower bed I planted in my backyard (behind our new paver patio) is coming right along with a nice mix of perennials and annuals.
I’ve been figuring out which plants like it here in my yard and which ones don’t, as well as figuring out which plants I like best and will plant again next year. Flowers that do well in arrangements have a much greater chance of making the cut.
Today, I want to tell you how you can make your own flower arrangements last longer by making them into ever-changing flower arrangements.
Full disclosure: I am not a PRO. Those of you who are professional florists may shake your heads in dismay over my arrangements but I don’t mind. What matters most is that they make me happy.
This is an arrangement I threw together one morning in June while Mr. OTN was getting ready for work. He was so impressed when he saw it that he oohh’d and aahh’d and told me how amazing I was, never realizing that this one arrangement had nearly wiped out our entire first crop of flowers.
It was pretty much made up of cuttings from every single flowering bush or plant in my yard (as well as pieces of plants that never flower).
This gal had swagger. She was the darling of the kitchen, catching your eye the moment you walked in the room and causing spontaneous smiles to break out on the faces of all who saw her.
Until that day when her most delicate flowers began to fade and droop. I wasn’t about to let that discourage me. Outside in the garden, more blooms were on their way, so I bravely tossed the wilters and replenished them with more fresh cut blooms.
For a really long-lasting flower arrangement you’ll want to follow a few steps, one of which is using a fresh flower extender in your water. There are a number of recipes for this, including the following: 2 T. fresh lemon juice, 1 T. sugar and 2 drops bleach, mixed into a vase of water. Another recipe is 2 T. white vinegar and 1 T. sugar. A third suggestion I read about was using a crushed ASPIRIN – there ya’ go – in a vase of water.
Here are a few more tips to make your flower arrangements last longer:
By the way, I want to know about that aspirin!
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