Just catching up on posts that have been laying in wait.
My dad surprised me with roses as a sort of post Mothers Day gift. He always bought my mom roses, so he picked me up a dozen and gave them to me...minus one. That one was for mom's grave.
I have always loved the look of a rose pavé (an arrangement in which you trim the stems to the height of the top of the vessel they are resting in so that you have a nice, full arrangement of the flower heads and some greenery only).
I had this ironstone white pitcher that I decorated with a bit of burlap a few years ago that worked perfectly. Those roses are still sitting on the table right now. A bit faded of their brilliance, and growing older by the day, but still hanging in there...a little like me ;)
They have lasted a really long time. My cut flowers always do, no matter where I get them from. The key, I have learned, is to use half of the flower food that comes with them, don't put too much (or too little) water, and I always cut my stems at an angle, under running water. Always.
Then, after about a week, I refreshen the water with the remaining flower food and re-cut the stems the exact same way. They always last so long. I've never tried any of the remedies you can find on Pinterest like a crushed up aspirin or a little bleach in the water or white soda. If you have, and it works for you...let me know what you are doing! I'd love to try a new trick.
Thanks for reading!