I love grocery-store flowers. $5.99 at Trader Joe's buys a lot of beauty. I bring them home, cut off the stems, put them in a vase or pitcher filled with water and a few drops of bleach, and presto! beauty! (Read more about DIY flower arranging here.)
I was sad that the gorgeous sunflowers only lasted a few days, though. The greenery was still lush and lovely, so I didn't want to throw out the bouquet. So I cut a few silk sunflowers from the craft store, and presto again!
Obviously these aren't big and and bold and beautiful like the fresh ones, but they look pretty good to stretch out my flowers for a few more days. Stuck into all that fresh greenery, you really can't tell that they're silk unless you're looking awfully closely and critically. I figure that anyone looking that closely and critically probably doesn't deserve fresh flowers, anyway. What do you think?