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Tips For Making Your Flowers Last Longer

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If you have a garden, you might be tempted to give some of the flowers that you have grown as a gift. This is a great idea that many people appreciate, however, you might notice that your flowers do not last as long as those from a professional florist. Here are some tips for caring for your flowers and preparing them so that they last as long as possible when you give them as a gift. 1. Cut the Stems Your first step is to cut the stems about an inch up from the bottom. This is important because a freshly cut stem is better able to absorb the water and nutrients that you set it in, allowing your flowers to become healthier. Cutting the stems is a short task that can result in longer-lived flowers. Make sure that you get your flowers in water as soon as possible after cutting them. 2. Use Warm Water to Help Buds Open If you have buds on your flowers that have not yet opened, you can use lukewarm water, as opposed to cold water, to help encourage them to open. Set the flowers with unopened buds in warm water a few days before you’d like to give them as a gift in order to be certain that all of the buds will be open. 3. Use Nutrient Powder When you buy flowers from a florist, they will have had the flowers sitting in water that contains nutrient powder in order to ensure that the flowers will last as long as possible. The florist will also likely give you nutrient powder to continue this care for the flowers. Copy what the professional florists do and make sure that you have your plants sitting in nutrient powder as soon as you cut them in order to make sure that they remain healthy for an extended period of time. 4. Use Foam for Gift Baskets If you need to make a gift basket to give to someone and want to fill it with flowers, use foam to keep your plants hydrated but in a position that is aesthetically pleasing. Take a ball of foam and soak it in warm water that has nutrient powder dissolved into it. Soak the foam until it is entire saturated with water. Place a towel at the bottom of the gift basket. Then, place the foam on top of the towel. Before the foam dries, start pushing the stems into place in the foam. This will help keep them from moving around but will also ensure that they have access to water. For more information, talk to your local florist like From The Heart Flower Boutique. He or she will be able to provide you with a last minute gift in case your own flowers don’t make...

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Do It Yourself Vase Decorating Ideas

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One of the best things about getting people flowers is that it allows you to show how much your care about them. However, you might feel that it’s impersonal to just buy your significant other flowers from a regular flower store instead of getting the bouquets yourself. Since most people don’t have access to the flowers that they need or have any particular flower arranging skill, then customizing the vase might be one of the best options for personalizing your generous gift. Here are some ideas for personalizing vases and florist-arranged bouquets to make your gift truly special. 1. Decoupage the Vase With Sheet Music One way to make a regular vase special is to add something that your significant other cares about. If you significant other plays an instrument or simply loves music, one easy thing that you could do is to cover a vase with sheet music. You can purchase cheap sheet music from any used bookstore, or just download it from online and print it out on white paper. Once you have the sheet music, cut it into strips with one bar of music in each strip. Then, take glue and put it into a small cup. Mix it so that it is one part glue and three parts water. Dip a paintbrush into the glue and paint some glue onto the back of one of the scraps of sheet music. Put it onto the vase. Continue doing this until the entire vase is covered with bars of music. Some of the pieces of paper should overlap. After the vase is covered and somewhat dry, use the remainder of the glue and water mixture to paint a thin coat over all of the paper. This will make the vase shine and provide a protective layer for the sheet music. Then, buy a bouquet of flowers from the florist and your gift is ready to go. 2. Use Old Rain Boots Go to a thrift shop and see if they have any rain boots for sale. If the boots are ugly, go to a craft store and pick up some paint in a color that you like. Either paint the boots so that they are to your aesthetic satisfaction, or simply purchase a bouquet of flowers and put them in the boots. Daisies are an excellent choice for this project. 3. Use Bracelets and Ribbon If you have a thin vase, consider wrapping ribbon around the vase to spruce it up. All you have to do is glue one end to vase and then wrap the ribbon tightly so that it stays on the vase. Glue the other end of the ribbon. To embellish the vase, put elastic, beaded bracelets on the stem. For more ideas, talk to a florist like Ciano...

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It’s Alive! 3 Things You Should Know About Sending Living Floral Gifts

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When it’s time to order a bouquet for a loved one, you may wonder how long the blooms will stay fresh. Most floral arrangements will be made up of longer-lasting blooms, but even these may only hold up for a week or two at the most. If you’d like to give a floral gift that will last for years, consider sending a living plant instead. Here’s what you should know about sending a living floral gift: Potted plants are colourful, too. Some people believe that live plant gifts are boring, or that they aren’t very colourful because they’re composed of only green foliage. But florists make up gorgeous arrangements of live plants that rival the most stunning cut-flower bouquets. Bright red miniature roses, vibrant purple African violets, and other colourful blooming plants are often interspersed with ferns, ivy, and philodendrons in arrangements to create bright and beautiful displays. Even an all-foliage dish planter can be accented with stems of cut flowers for colour now and long-lasting plants long after the blooms fade. Some plants, including Kalanchoe, offer lovely flower displays all on their own, and they will continue to grow and bloom indoors. Floral shops carry the most popular houseplants. There are several good reasons why plants like Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) and Schefflera are so beloved. Houseplants like these two are relatively easy to care for, they grow large but not overwhelmingly so, and they add fresh greenery and oxygen to the home. These gift houseplants arrive in large pots which are often set in woven baskets and accented with ribbons and other decorations to make them festive. If your floral shop carries Peace Lilies and many other low-maintenance houseplants, they’ll be happy to assist you in choosing the right one for your recipient. Some potted floral gifts can be planted outside. Many gift plants can be moved outdoors to be enjoyed in the garden. Mums, miniature roses, and ivy plants should do well outdoors in most growing zones. In areas with severe winters, the plants can be left potted and moved indoors before any big freezes. When ordering gifts of flowering plants like azaleas, hydrangeas, and gardenias to be planted outdoors, check to be sure which type of plant you’re sending. These lovely small shrubs come in two basic varieties: greenhouse plants and hardy plants. Greenhouse plants are meant to be grown indoors, although they won’t mind going outside for a bit in the late spring and summer. They will re-bloom indoors when cared for properly. Hardy plants are grown for outdoor planting, but only if you’re in the proper zone for the particular plants, so check to see which growing zone your recipient lives in before ordering. Most florists send only greenhouse varieties of flowering shrubs to be enjoyed indoors, but they can often order hardier varieties for outdoor planting if you ask. For more information on living gifts, contact a company like Joanna’s...

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