Hello! Welcome back to our flowery, little, blog. We’re trying to feel Springy this week–but, the nice weather earlier this week has been completely eclipsed by the huge mess of a winter storm that has been wreaking havoc on us, here in the Twin Cities, today. (And yesterday–and, apparently tomorrow too.) Lately, at the shop, we’re busy planning our Mother’s Day plan of attack. We’d like to have a few new arrangements on our website within the next week, or two. (Don’t worry, we’ll be back to show those off when we have ’em!) We’re also busy around here prepping for Prom, and taking lots of corsage orders. (If you have Prom coming up over the next few weeks–you still have plenty of time to order. Stop in, give us a call, or head to our website!)
Today, on the blog though, we thought we’d like to share some answers to a question we get often in the upcoming weeks. (It seems like worlds away today though. 🙂 ) Once those Lilacs start blooming, we love to cut them, and bring ’em in. They’re pretty much a spring rite of passage; we mean, once Lilacs are on the table, you KNOW summer is just around the corner. A bouquet of Lilacs is full, so it always looks beautiful (even if it’s just a couple stems, thrown into a vase, by a five year old). The smell is huge, so they make any room smell fantastic; and they last for long enough to truly enjoy.
Here are a few of our favorite tips to keep your fresh cut Lilacs as fresh as possible, for as long as possible. (For now though…just try to get through this craziness we call Spring here, in MN. 🙂 )
When collecting the lilacs…
Grab a bucket, or large vase, with water in it. Bring that out with you.
Try to cut the Lilacs right away in the morning. They’re the most hydrated then, and are the least prone to wilting.
Aim to cut the blooms that are about 75% of the way open already.
Use a clean, and sharp knife (or scissors) to cut the branch. Have a bucket of water with you when you do this so you can plunge them right into it.
When you get the flowers inside…
Have a clean vase, all ready to go, with lukewarm water and a flower preservative. (We sell that here. Or, you can Google alternatives.)
Work with the branches one at a time.
Take your first branch out of the bucket, pull off any leaves that would be under the water line. (If you would like leaves in your bouquet, cut them off, and add them after you get all of your flowers into the vase.)
Cut the stem at a 45-degree angle; removing, at least, 1/2-inch of stem. Add it to your vase. (Cutting at a 45-degree angle will ensure that a larger area is exposed to the water, making it easier for your Lilacs to stay hydrated.)
After your Lilacs are in their vase…
Keep the flowers out of direct sun, and away from heat sources. (It dries them out quickly.)
Refresh the water, and re-cut the stems every other day, or so, to keep your lilacs looking as perky as possible, for as long as you can.
That’s about it! Enjoy your blooms…and happy Spring!
Bonus material. Here is what our Lilac bushes look like right now. No. Going out there to get this wasn’t fun. We did wait until after the lightning stopped…yup, that was another thing that happened in this storm. Lightening accompanied the ice pellets that were shooting at us from the sky…