Despite the fact that I’m a “hard-ass bitch” (CJ’s words), nothing can ever change my fascination and delight over flowers, whether cut, potted, landscaped or growing in the wild. I still think every girl, NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY, will always appreciate getting flowers — except maybe kung from a stalker person…
Anyway, my favorite are the stargazer lilies, or stargazers. Any color is good, but I think the green ones are very exotic and lush. I seldom see green stargazers though. My choice of flowers I guess reflects my personality somewhat — loud and proud! 😉 Just take a look at it and you’ll probably agree. So I guess that is my signature flower.
Whenever I send flowers to anyone, I send stargazers, with a few accent flowers. And I try not to get pre-arranged bouquets. Especially when it’s for my home.
Some tips on keeping your cut flowers fresh for as long as possible:
1. Cut the stems in a diagonal fashion. It helps absorb moisture faster.
2. Try to take out as many of the leaves as you can, without sacrificing aesthetics.
3. When you buy your cut flowers don’t be shy and ask your florist if it’s the type of flower that can do with some sunlight or if you should keep it under the shade.
4. When I want the buds to bloom faster (sometimes timing could be an issue) I put a tablet of Biogesic in the water. I don’t know what the scientific explanation is, but it works. I’ve observed also that if you put a multi-vitamin tab, the flowers seem to last longer.
5. I prefer to put flowers in transparent or semi-transparent vases. I have a thing about stagnant water so I want to make sure there aren’t critters growing or swimming in the water na. It’s actually best not to fill up the vase, and carefully add water every other day just to disturb it a little.
If you have a garden or potted plants, go to Starbucks and ask for the used coffee grounds — it’s free and basically fertilizes the soil and it’s like your flowers and plants are on steroids!
So here is my latest bouquet that I put together. I bought a stem of star gazers with only one open flower to make sure I have fresh buds flowering for the rest of the week:
And here they are, 4 days later (with no extra help)