New Life for Tired Flowers

basketWhen a lovely arrangment of flowers starts to yawn and wilt, don’t throw the poor thing on the compost heap just yet — you can frequently make a smaller, but attractive, arrangement from the blooms that still show signs of life.

Remove the flowers that look like this (below), even though I think they make for an interesting photo as they are.


Then make a fresh cut in the bottom of the stems you’re going to rescue and arrange them in the new vase, using a bit of greenery to fill in the bare spots.  Voila!  A lovely little bouquet to enjoy for a few more days. :)

New from old...


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

12 thoughts on “New Life for Tired Flowers”

  1. Yup, I do that too! Since I can’t bear to cut my own flowers—with an acre to ornament, I need every one of those blooms outdoors!—I rarely indulge in bouquets for the house. When I do, I want them to bring me pleasure for as long as possible!

  2. Very nice. I haven’t been having the time to “get around” lately, so I missed your trivia quiz. Hope the weather is looking more like Spring up your way! PS Your new header photo is very artistic!! (Like you)

  3. Great post! I was reading ‘Down the Garden Path’, which is supposed to be the most quoted garden book out there (or so I read). The author, Beverley Nichols, would gather some soil from his garden and put it in a vase with water- an hour later the soil would settle and he’d collect flowers for a bouquet- they lasted a lot longer and hid the stems! I think I’ll have to try this!

  4. I see I’m not the only bouquet recycler; I agree with Anna that you have a special talent for putting together a bouquet from remains. I’m also interested to hear this idea about soil in the water: Beverly Nichols remains one of those garden writers I’m going to read someday.

  5. I agree with Anna too ~ you have a great eye. I don’t necessarily recycle my bouquets but I do pull the dying flowers out and leave the good ones. I think yours is a better idea because the original arrangement gets misshaped after a while.

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