I am the lucky recipient of several bouquets of lovely fresh flowers. Something to do with the fact I'm retiring? (Did I mention I'm retiring? whoohoo.) How do I keep these delightful arrangements alive? A-live! Hahahaha... ooops. Ms. Frankenstein kind of slipped out there. Anyway, Consumer Reports Magazine has the following tips: use preservatives, either commercial preparations or homemade - such as "1 teaspoon of bleach and 1 tablespoon of sugar stirred into 1 gallon of water". Huh. I'd probably stick with store-bought. Get rid of greenery (not stems) below the water line. Keep the vase out of direct sunlight and heat. Plus other stuff too complicated to relate here. For more details:
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