Easter really is a glorious time of year. The first crocuses have pushed their wee faces to the sun, and we are just as ready to shrug off the last of winter, especially this year! We’re starved for light, for warmth, for colour, for those riotous blooms of spring flowers. I love designing for Easter.
The Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorums) remains a regal focal point in arrangements with its fragrant white trumpet blooms commanding attention. If you love the fragrance, that is.
While Easter Lilies are enduring symbols of purity, joy, hope and life, they do arrive with a very distinctive scent, which some people simply can’t abide. I’ve been told that sometimes the smell reminds someone of a funeral, or it kicks up allergies, or, the perfume is just too overwhelming.
There is relief from the fragrance. Did you know that you can tweeze out the stamens? Just get deep into the bloom and pinch them all out, and this breathtaking flower will coexist with those sensitive noses.
star of Bethlehem.
Did you know that cut tropical flowers last at least twice as long as our domestic cut flowers? I create arrangements with both, so you’ll enjoy a very long lasting spring bouquet. Simply change the water frequently, remove drooping flowers individually, then rearrange. You’ll explore your design side, and I promise, you’ll be pleased with the results!
The key to a long lasting arrangement is, number one, a squeaky clean vase. Next, is flower food. You’ll receive packets of flower food; however it’s really easy to make a homemade recipe should you run out. And you will run out, if you’re serious about looking after your blooms. And why wouldn’t you be?
It’s not unusual for a good friend of mine to still have a glorious show after three or more weeks. I’m always amazed when I pop by and see what she’s done.
Here’s how she does it.
1. Immediately put flowers into your clean vase with lukewarm water & flower food. Place in a cool area out of direct sunlight. Just enjoy for the first few days. Then check the water.
2. Cloudy water needs to be changed out. Set up a sink & counter work area.
3. Trim off any leaves that were below the water line and are icky. Trim any dying blooms. Re-cut the bottom of all the stems with a sharp paring knife, on an angle. This includes the woody stems of the greenery. Crush them a bit and split apart the stem for better water absorption.
4. Clean and rinse your vase thoroughly.
5. If you’ve used up your packet of flower food, try this concoction: One gallon lukewarm water. Thoroughly dissolve 2 tbsp white sugar and 2 tbsp white vinegar. Then, add ½ tsp bleach. (If you’re really picky you can de-chlorinize your water ahead of time with a conditioner you can pick up at any aquarium store. Or leave your gallon of water out for 24 hours to ‘gas’ off.)
6. Repeat weekly.
7. Accept accolades for your gorgeous healthy arrangements!