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Ways To Take Care Of Fresh Cut Flowers

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Fresh flowers can brighten any room and are quickly becoming a feature in interior design. Fresh cut flowers are those commonly found at your nearest florist. They come in a variety of colors and choices and you have the option to choose any variety of flowers of any color to make your own bouquet. As beautiful as fresh cut flowers are, it is quite unfortunate they do not last long. This article will show some ways to take care of fresh cut flowers:

You must remove the flowers from the packaging, hold the stems underwater, and cut the stem at a 45-degree angle using a sharp knife. Cutting the flower at this angle allows the stem to have a greater surface area for water consumption. Do not use scissors to cut the stems and do not crush the stems either; this will damage the tips and block the flower’s water intake. Prepare the vase and the water. Kill any bacteria or algae that formed in the vase by cleaning the inside with bleach. If your florist does not include preservatives with the flower delivery, fill the vase with lukewarm water and add a floral preservative. You can either buy preservatives from your florist or make on your own. To make your own preservatives, mix lemon with a very small amount of bleach, or a teaspoon of sugar with a few drops of bleach. Take note that using homemade concoctions might not be as effective as professional cut flower food because they don’t contain the complex mixture of preservatives and nutrients flowers need to survive.

Before putting the flowers in the vase, remove all the leaves that might be submerged in the water. Leaves have the tendency to decay when submerged underwater and when these leaves rot, they poison the water and shorten the vase life of your flowers. Arrange the flowers in any way you desire, but make sure you do not overcrowd the vase. If the bouquet is too large or the arrangement seems too tight, divide them into two and place them in separate vases. Once you’re satisfied with your floral arrangement, keep the vase in a cool spot away from direct sunlight to avoid rapid respiration. Respiration is the process wherein living organisms age. It is helpful to note that flowers generally have a higher respiration rate than most agricultural crop. The lower the temperature of the room they are placed in, the longer the flowers will last. However, if the flowers are subjected to temperatures below four degrees, their internal cells can get easily damaged and dry out the flowers. If you want your bouquet to decorate an air-conditioned room, make sure the temperature is not too cold.

Take care of your flowers every day and remove wilted flowers so they do not contaminate the rest. It is recommended that you change the water daily but if you are too busy to do so, replacing the water every two or three days is fine. Make sure you add the preservative each time you change the water. You can also re-cut the stem for improved water absorption. Fresh cut flowers will bring spring right into your home. Taking care of cut flowers is not very difficult as long as you take the steps mentioned above. It does not take much time but you will feel the benefits for many days to come.

All About Wedding Flowers

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Wedding flowers are perhaps one of the most important aspects of the wedding. They make the wedding extremely special, provide beautiful focal points and add fragrant aromas in the air. They also set the mood and enhance the ambience of the wedding and are the right carriers to convey the emotions of the ceremony. The flowers of unlimited colors and combinations symbolize prosperity, happiness, fertility, love, care and joy. Wedding flower decoration can be of various kinds. You can choose a large arch of flowers or a centre-piece, or both- everything is suitable depending on your taste.

Flowers can adorn almost any part of the wedding process – the church or civil office, every possible nook and cranny of the wedding venue and as gifts and presents to special people on the day. Flowers for the wedding can also be used as a bridal floral accessory. They may be in the bride’s wedding flower bouquet, bridesmaid’s floral bouquet, they may adorn the bride’s and her attendants’ hair, they may be simple dashes of color on the groom’s and the groomsmen’s lapels, or they can adorn the wedding cake.

The decision to have flowers for the wedding usually isn’t the hard part, deciding on the types, color and arrangements of flowers is the challenging aspect. You have several choices when it comes to the wedding flowers, so knowing enough about wedding flowers to is important to make solid and informed choices. It is important to establish a budget for flowers as with any aspect of your wedding. It can take a large portion of the wedding budget if not planned in advance, so budgeting is very important to obtain flowers economically.

Knowing what flowers are in season at the time of your wedding could save you a lot of money. So, do some research about the types of flowers that will be in season when your wedding is to take place. Prices can be higher and blooms more difficult to find if the fresh wedding flowers you pick are rare, exotic, or out-of-season. In addition to making your wedding more expensive, the color of out of season flowers will not be as beautiful and brilliant as if they were in season.

You could also use silk flower, which is so realistic that you can’t tell the difference from the real ones. These flowers will save you some money when you are paying for wedding expenses and you can have whatever you want as they are not seasonal unlike real fresh flowers. Silk flowers will last longer and are something to keep forever to remind you of your special day. They can be also be used for decorating the tables and the wedding cake as they will not spoil or mark the cake, or drop pollen and they can be used over and over after the wedding.

Make sure that the color of the wedding flowers coordinates with your overall wedding theme. Your wedding flowers should compliment the color of the bride and the groom’s clothing, bridesmaids’ dresses, attendant’s attire, bride’s beauty and personality. Also, be sure that the colors of the flowers picked by you matches with that of the color scheme as well as the background, decorations and overall style of your wedding. The color of the flowers is an important detail to make your wedding even more glamorous. It is also a good idea to look wedding flowers that suit the tastes of the bride and the groom. The soon to be newlyweds should keep in mind that when choosing your wedding flowers, go with those that stand out to you. It is important that you have to feel good about your flower arrangements.