After a long winter and a chilly spring, it's finally warming up. That means it's time for wonderful flowers to cut. Right now gardens in North Carolina are full of peonies, and hydrangeas--my favorite!--are just about ready to cut. So I thought I'd pass along this simple tip for making fresh-cut flowers last longer.
The small amount of bleach does no harm to the flowers, and it keeps the water clear. Flowers last much longer in clear water.
See the flowers in the photo above? That picture was taken 12 days after I picked the hydrangeas. As you can see, there's a bit of yellowing on some of the leaves, but the flowers are still going strong!
Bonus tip: if one of your hydrangeas does start to wilt, remove it from the vase, make a fresh cut at the base of the stem, and soak the entire flower (not just the stem) in a sink or bowl of water for about 45 minutes. The petals themselves will absorb some of the water, perking them right back up.
Do you grow flowers? What's your favorite flower to cut and bring inside?