I don’t know about y’all, but a vase full of beautiful flowers always makes me – and my home – feel fresh and fancy! When I get out to my cottage, setting up a vase full of vibrant, fragrant flowers is often times the first thing I do to make our home look and feel fabulous.
Regularly ordering flowers from a florist can get a little pricey, but if you want them, I say budget for them! If it’s worth it to you to have fresh white lilies in your foyer every week, then you do you, sister! In fact, get a subscription from a place like Bouq’s and BE HAPPY!
For those with a green thumb and a Martha Stewart-worthy garden, or those who take trips to your local grocery for a quick bouquet pick-me-up, here are a few Do’s and Don’ts to keep your flower arrangements looking lovely:
- Cut an inch off the flowers’ stems at a 45-degree angle to help them absorb more water and stay fresh longer. (Cut them a little each day, as well.)
- To keep your water bacteria-free, remove leaves and thorns that will fall below the water line.
- Add a preservative solution (that little pack of powder) or your own solution such as bleach to kill bacteria, or a sugar cube to feed the flowers. (Thought about using other stuff like vodka or Sprite? FTD tested a few remedies and posted results here!)
- Stagger the heights of each stem to add depth and beauty. As you cut, also try to keep your bouquet about 1.5 times higher than your vase.
- Don’t let your water get stagnant; change or add water daily.
- Don’t let one bad apple spoil the bunch! Get rid of any browning or wilting flowers. Keep what’s good; don’t be afraid to end up with a vase of gorgeous greens.
- Don’t keep flowers in direct sunlight or near heating vents. Sun is not what they need now; a cool environment is better.
- Don’t be afraid to try something new like adding citrus rounds (grapefruit, oranges, or limes) or long leaves to line clear glass vases to increase the vibrancy and look of your arrangement.