Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Rose By Any Other Name...

“The Earth laughs in flowers.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson 

One of the most wonderful things about summer is the plethora of fresh cut flowers that are in season everywhere you turn. There is just something magical about a beautiful glass vase filled with brightly colored sunflowers, irises, posies, roses, daisies and all the other varieties you can imagine.

You can cut them yourself out of your own early summer garden or buy them at a nearby farmers market. But once you have them, what are some tips to make them last?

1. Cut With a Sharp Knife: Don’t use one with a serrated edge and cut at an angle. Then plunge them immediately into fresh, cold water.

2. Add Lemon Juice: About two tablespoons to one quart of water will help kill bacteria in the water.

3. Put them in the Fridge: It is said that refrigerating fresh cut flowers overnight will help preserve them threefold.

4. Don’t Remove Thorns: A thorn-less rose, while less dangerous, also has a shorter life span. You should remove any leaves or flowers that are underwater, but leave the thorns.

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