Tuesday, July 19, 2011

{ Flowers - Bringing Summer to My Rainy Northwest Home }

If you have cutting flowers in your yard, your house is probably overflowing with beauty all summer. For those of us who have to buy our flowers, it can be expensive so the flowers are probably less profuse. But last week I picked up a bunch of wildflowers at TJ's for $3.99, it was the beginning of a beautiful summer in my rainy northwest home. Today I'll share some quick ways to add beauty and color to your home on the cheap and how to keep your blooms blooming longer.

As I said, last week I picked up some wild flowers at TJ's for $3.99. My mom was coming from San Diego to visit so I thought that it would be nice to have some fresh flowers to brighten up the house. I had three little tumbler glasses in mind to use as vases for them, but I wanted to spice them up so I grabbed some scrapbook paper, scissors, double sided tape and faux raphia I had on hand.

I wrapped the paper around the glasses adhering it with the double sided tape and then I tied a single strand of raphia around each for a fun and unique look.

I enjoyed these flowers for close to a week, but they were wilting so I picked up a new bunch of flowers today at TJ's for $4.99. It created a whole new look and I didn't change anything but the flowers.

Isn't it amazing what daylight can do for a picture? All of the wildflower pictures were taken at night.

I love, love, love these new flowers. And there were so many of them that I filled another vase and put them in the living room too!

I'm anxious too see if all of the green buds will open into a plethora of pink or if they'll all stay closed and green, which is beautiful too. I just hope that they don't all die. So on to ways to make your cut flowers last longer.

Before you put them in water, make a fresh angled cut for them to drink through since a skin may have developed over the dry end while out of water between the store and home. Also, when cutting to fit your vase make sure to remove all leaves below the water line; you don't want those rotting in there, not pretty.

With leaves below water line

With leaves removed below the water line
Also, Woman's Day recommends changing the water every other day and making a fresh cut each time you change the water.

Beyond fresh cuts, getting rid of the leaves below the water line and fresh water the Woman's Day article "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," shares how to "spike" your water without a preservative packet from the store. They recommend mixing one quart warm water with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in a clean vase. If you don't have sugar and vinegar they said, "lemon-lime soda mixed with the water will do the same thing." Sounds a little sketchy to me, but if they say so I'm guessing it works; it's the whole acid/sugar thing I'm sure. I haven't spiked my water yet, but I think that I'll give it a try and report back to you on if it helps my flowers to stay fresh longer or not.

Whether they last or not though, flowers bring a beautiful brightness and homeyness to a space and I feel so blessed to have a few gracing me with their beauty for a while. What are your favorite ways to bring the summer into your home? Do you have any more tips for keeping flowers fresh longer?

Somewhat Simple

1 comment:

Ashley J said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love these flowers! Fresh flowers in a room does a body good- doesn't it? Cute blog! :)

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