Last night we met and actually had a program related to our group's title! We gathered at a very chic florist owned by a delightful young woman. She showed us how to prepare beautiful flowers such as snapdragons, enormous-headed roses and tulips for making a beautiful and lasting arrangement. She skillfully took her special knife and scraped unnecessary thorns and leaves off the 2-foot long stems. It looked so easy. I could only imagine the fingers I might lose as I perfected that technique. She shared a few tips for preparing flowers for a long vase life that I thought I would share. If you're not in a real garden club you might find them helpful.
- If you put a penny in the water of a vase of tulips, they will stand straight.
- Daffodils should not be put in an arrangement with other flowers since they release a toxic sap that will destroy the other flowers. If you want them to be a part of another arrangement, first put them in a vase by themselves. After about a day, the sap will be released and they will co-exist with other flowers.
- if you have roses that come with a droopy head, it means they are not adequately hydrated. Float them on the surface of tepid water in your bathtub to revive them.
- For flowers with a woody stem, like lilacs, hammer about 7 inches of the bottom of their stem to help them get the water they need.
This evening's presentation probably went a long way to fulfill the quota of our group's garden related programming for the year. Want to join?