says "thank you, Mom" or "thank you, BFF"
like a fresh bouquet of flowers, especially in an
arrangement you create yourself.
you hand pick and personally arrange flowers, you know
they are fresh and have not been sitting in a floral
cooler for days.
May, fresh-cut flowers are abundant, including tulips,
daffodils, hyacinths or roses — from your own garden
or favorite florist or food store. Unique containers
bring added drama to your floral arrangements, so look
in your closets and cabinets for some of those thrift
store or yard sale pieces you stashed away. Tins,
pottery, odd china and glass make perfect posy partners.
are some tips on choosing quality flower stems and some
photos that show how to arrange them, courtesy ,
a non-profit flower bulb information center.
a palette. Consider one of these pleasing color
combinations: lavender and blue, passionate purples,
sunny yellows, vintage pastels or rosy reds.
the scent. Some flowers, especially hyacinths and
lilacs, have a powerful fragrance that can over whelm
— mentally think of women who wear too much perfume
and how it impacts you when you walk by them. Keep
flower perfumes to a minimum when you entertain in a
flowers carefully. Avoid combining daffodils — or any
other members of the Narcissus family — with other
flower types. Narcissi exude a slimy substance that
shortens the life span of other flowers by clogging
their water uptake channels.
on buds. Extend the life of your tulips by purchasing
them when the flower heads just start to open — the
bud should be closed, but with the color of the flower
evident. Before arranging tulips, condition them by
re-cutting the base of the stem with a clean, sharp
knife; this opens up the flower’s water uptake
channels. Cut flower food is not necessary for
tulips. With proper care, tulips should open and
last from three to seven days. Keep tulips away from
heat sources such as direct sunlight, radiators, lamps
and televisions. To keep tulips standing up nice and
straight in the vase for a longer length of time,
pre-stretch them by wrapping in newspaper and setting in
water for the first 24 hours.
and match. Fruit and flowers create an eye-catching
arrangement, but as fruit ripens, it emits ethylene gas,
which can shorten the vase life of some flowers.
of thou. When you make bouquets for others, make an
extra one for yourself — it helps you stop and smell
the roses in life, and that’s good any day of the