Everyone loves to receive a bunch of flowers, but what do you do with them once the delivery man has disappeared? How often do you just pop them hastily in a vase with little thought for arranging? Or received a bouquet of flowers at work, only to leave them on your desk in the original paper to quickly dry up and fade away?
People send us flowers as an expression of love or gratitude. Or we buy them for ourselves as a treat. So here are some ideas to get the most out of your bouquet, and and some hints and tips to make sure your flowers last as long as possible.
Not just a bouquet
Just because your flowers came wrapped as one large bouquet, doesn’t mean that they have to stay that way. Here are some other ideas to use your blooms:
- Share it out: You don’t have to keep the whole bouquet together in one vase. Separate out into smaller bunches, or take out enough for a small posy and use as a table centre, on your bedside table, to brighten up a bookcase or simply to jazz up your kitchen or bathroom.
- Pretty up your office: A simple posy on your desk brightens up even the toughest day at work! When I was working full-time in a corporate job, I bought myself a small posy of flowers every week to brighten up my desk.
- Gift wrap: Using a contrasting ribbon, tie a couple of blooms together to make a pretty finishing touch to your gift wrapping.
- Bathing: Turn a relaxing bath at the end of a long day into a luxurious experience by sprinkling a handful of rose petals into the water and lighting a few candles. Heavenly!
- Carpet freshener: Did you know that you can mix crushed dried flower petals with baking soda to make a carpet freshener? Grind up the dried petals, mix with baking soda and sprinkle lightly over your carpet. Leave for five minutes and then vacuum.
Arranging your flowers:
To keep your flowers fresh for as long as possible, ensure that you give your flowers some love!
- Cut half an inch off stems and plunge in water as soon as you get home.
- When you are ready to arrange your flowers, cut another half inch off the stem at a 45 degree angle, to maximise the cut surface area of the stem and increase the amount of water each stem can take in.
- Add half an aspirin or a penny to the water if you don’t have flower food.
- Change water and trim the stems every day to extend the life of your flowers.
- Keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources and air conditioning vents
The beautiful flowers pictured in this post were sent to me by my favourite florists at 800 Flower.
During the month of Ramadan, 800 Flower will be donating 10AED to the Al Jalila Foundation for every order placed online – another great reason to treat yourself to some flowers!