Wednesday, September 7

A trick for longer-lasting flowers

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?


  1. What a smart tip! And you can use those same flowers over and over again!

  2. I agree Richella...sometimes silk flowers can be added to greenery to extend the life of the bouquet!

    This is dazzling bouquet...and I love this Dayspring pitcher. I have almost bought it so many times.

    (We have similar tastes...I have noticed that a lot when I look at things in your house!) (:>)

    Have a lovely day!


  3. Your flowers look gorgeous.


  4. They're lovely! I can't tell the difference at all. I don't think I knew about the bleach tip!

  5. I could not agree more. I would've never noticed there were silk flowers in the second bunch. True, they aren't as big as the real ones, but if you weren't looking at the before, you'd never notice. Was that a run-on sentence or what?

  6. I never knew about bleach! I always add sugar or Sprite but never thought bleach could help prolong cut flowers! Thanks for the tip!

  7. I love your beagle! He looks as relaxed as the whole home, which shows your really wonderful tastes and touches everywhere. I also really appreciate the faux roman shades, and the creative tassles and towels to match- you are inspirational and God gifted girlfriend! Bless you for taking the time to share your talents when you have a busy life!


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