They serve to give color to spaces, as well as fragrance and a touch of distinction. It is advisable to choose flowers from the area and the season .
For example, this time of year in Europe there are a lot of tulips, daffodils, buttercups, anemones and hyacinths. Also resort orchids.
Avoid tropical plants, such as the bird of paradise (strelitzias), the amber cane, the heliconias or the protea ( if we live in America, the rule is the other way around ).
It is also interesting to be careful not to mix too many varieties – a large bouquet of all one kind of country flowers can be more attractive than a bouquet bought from a florist that claims to include several varieties and colors of flower.
Cut about 2.5cm from the stem (those with woody stems, such as roses, should be cut diagonally to maximize the surface area open to water.
Change the water daily and cut them back each time the water is changed. It will make them last longer.
With a little dexterity, the idea is to place them in your hand in a spiral , so that each new stem is at a slanted angle to the previous one. It is the way to form a beautiful 'dome'.
If you are not able to do it, just place them on a surface and cut them all to the same length, then gather them together and put them in a vase. They should fit pretty well.
The value of the container is often underestimated, when in fact it is as important or more than the flowers.
A basic set is needed:
There is a little trick that consists of using sterilizing tablets . Put a quarter of a tablet in a normal sized vase to keep the water clean and free of bacteria. This helps the plants last longer and does not harm them at all.
The heat makes them bloom earlier and, therefore, wither earlier , so you should put them in a cool place, away from radiators, so they last longer.
Some florists sell a sachet to put in the water and prolong the life of the flowers . If this is not your case, you can add a teaspoon of sugar.
A good idea for a dinner party is to use many small individual vases (each with a single stem inside) and place them huddled together in the center of the table. You can also use glasses, small jugs, candle holders, milk bottles, glass jars, etc. Instead of throwing them away, they can be recycled to be used as cups.
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