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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tips for Keeping Lilac Bouquets

Tips for Lilac Bouquets 

Do you love the smell of lilacs? You want that wonderful romantic smell next to  you on your nightstand. You go out and pick your bouquet of lilacs and soon after they are droopy and the flowers wilt. I will share with you a few tips to keep lilac bouquets.

Lilacs need hydration. When you go outside to pick your lilac, take a bucket of cold water with you. As you pick your lilac, put the flower heads into the cold water. I know it may seem strange at first, but go ahead and dunk those lilac.


 When you get inside, again, put your lilac in a sink of cold water.


 Next up, is step two, stems.
Boil some water and fill a mug with boiling water.
Dunk the woody stem into the water.
Then take a hammer and pound the stem.

What you are doing is helping the woody stem be able to drink the water in the vase.



 Here you can see the woody stem opened to drink water while in the vase.



Your lilacs are now ready for you to create your bouquet.
Lilacs can be put into a vase with other flowers and greens.
Watch you water level in your vase. Lilacs can drink up quickly and you will need to add fresh water with in the day.

Enjoy!
 


"It is the season now to go about the country high and low, among the lilacs hand in hand and two by two in fairyland."
Robert Louis Stevenson

23 comments:

  1. Thank you Carla. I will try this next year, as our lilac have come and gone here in Indiana. This was my mom's all time favorite flower and then irises. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  2. I had no idea you could do this!

    Love the fairyland quote!

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  3. I love all your gardening tips! We don't have lilacs, but I'd know that smell anywhere...

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  4. We have a large lilac beside our door! Whenever we open the door, you can smell such a beautiful scent. But truly I thought you were joking!! This sounds like torture...dunk them in boiling water and hammer them! The plant equivalent of water boarding. I still have a sneaky suspicion that this is a joke, but some of it makes sense...except for the boiling water.

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  5. Thanks Carla, it's very kind of you to share your knowledge. I agree with you on how to make your lilac bouquet last longer. It's a trick I learned a long time ago from a gardening expert. However, it's great to have my memory refreshed.

    I'm looking forward to your many tips for gardening.
    Smiles & hugs, Julia

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  6. Thank you very much. I hope by next summer, we will have lilacs. They were mother's favorite flower. Your photos are beautiful.

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  7. They are beautiful! And such a pretty shade of 'lavender'! I've heard of splitting the stems of roses to let more moisture in. You've given us some good tips! Hugs!

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  8. Wouldn't I love a bunch of that in my house. Will send this post to mum who grows it.

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  9. You have beautiful explained the way to make the bouquet. Love the color of the flower:)

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  10. This is SO informative! Thank you for sharing these tips, they're great! I love lilacs, they're in my top 5 favorite flower list!

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  11. Those are wonderful instructions. I love the fragrance of lilacs.

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  12. I'm so jealous, we don't have any lilacs here in California. Apparently there is a California Lilac but it is not like the ones I remember from Illinois. I love them. Thanks for the great advice.

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  13. Wow, you almost sound like a Master Gardener. Hey, wait a minute...you ARE a Master Gardener!

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  14. Yes I love lilacs. Thanks for the wonderful tips too!

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  15. These are fabulous tips!! I am so excited to try this next lilac season :)

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  16. I do love lilacs and miss mine now that they are done blooming. I will try this technique next year. I've read the boiling water trick for hydrangeas too. I'm going to try that this year. My hydrangeas and looking good with lots of buds. Yay!

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  17. Hi Carla, I love lilacs and their scent is heavenly. Ours are through blooming for this year, but I will have to try this next year. Mine don't keep very long when I cut them so hopefully this tip will make they last longer. Thanks for sharing this! Have a nice day!

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  18. I love lilacs their scent and colour are just gorgeous.
    Many thanks for these tips.

    All the best Jan

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  19. This is good to know. I just bought a Lilac bush this week. Thank you Cara.

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  20. Thanks for sharing these useful tips. I'm another loves the smell of lilacs.
    Amalia
    xo

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  21. Thanks for sharing this, Carla. I don't have enough lilacs to cut this year, but I will use this in the future to keep lilacs fresh in the house. Got it pinned! Blessings and hugs, Nancy

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  22. What great tips Carla! I didn't know this about lilacs, and I will definitely keep this in mind for next year when they bloom again! I know that the ones I did pick drank a lot of water, and I had cut the stems on an angle, and so perhaps that helped them too, but you are right that they don't last long enough. I do so love their fragrance and have planted a bunch of them along my outer edge of the garden. This is good information for me, thanks so much!

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  23. Lilacs for me are by far the most fragrant of flowers, and having them on a nightstand as you suggest is a wonderful way to truly enjoy them. You have the most useful tips Carla. Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge.

    xxx

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High Fives from Wisconsin!

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