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Casa Quickie: Don't Throw Out Those Flowers!

Casa Quickie: Don't Throw Out Those Flowers!

Last weekend, I received a beautiful mixed bouquet of flowers from a dinner party guest. The flowers lasted for almost a week, and as I was getting ready to compost them last night, I realized that not all of the flowers were drooping or dead. In fact, there were enough left in the bouquet to make a second, smaller arrangement.

Before I pulled the flower bouquet out of its large vase, I carefully clipped the few still-fresh flowers at an angle on the stem, and then deposited them in a smaller vase. I mixed the water in the new vase with a bit of sugar and citric acid (you can use lemon juice), which will help to keep them looking fresh even longer. This way, you can stretch any flower arrangement, even a grocery bouquet, to greater lengths of time inside your house.

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Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Yep yep I do this all the time too :-) very nice small arrangement you made there!
Home Home 8 years
Thanks for the vase compliments! It's a recent acquisition, and I love it. I think they're sheepdogs, but Lhasa Apsos are a good guess, too.
nancita nancita 8 years
That vase is awesome.
Tech Tech 8 years
I always try to save bouquets to the last man standing too--usually I put them in bud vases in the bathroom.
bibliophile bibliophile 8 years
Exquisite! And I love the doggie vase, too. Are those Lhasa Apsos?
psterling psterling 8 years
So pretty! I have no talent for arranging flowers AT ALL. Plus, my cats chew on flowers so I don't usually keep them :-(
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Pretty :)
sgdish sgdish 8 years
I do this all the time. Sometimes I get almost two weeks out of a bunch of flowers!
SarahPW SarahPW 8 years
what an awesome idea- i just followed your advice and made a wonderful tiny bouquet out of my grocery store flowers! Thanks!
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 8 years
I hare it when flowers die :(
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