fresh flowers on a budget

…And how to make them last

I love to have at least one fresh floral display in the house. It makes me feel like I’ve got my shit together however it isn’t a cheap habit. Here are some tips about how to afford fresh blooms on the regular.

  • Buy from a market. I’m spoilt to have Columbia Road’s Sunday flower market on my doorstep but I’m sure in your town you will be able to find a market/stand selling flowers. They are often much cheaper than the supermarket and open to haggling on the price.
  • Buy from a supermarket. This depends more on your supermarket as to what is available. Most will do seasonal flowers such as tulips in spring and roses in the summer. Carnations are a long lasting and affordable, I really like them despite their bad rep (as a granny flower!) but I think they can look great in clean white or pale pink.
  • When you visit the florist buy greens! Think foliage like fragrant eucalyptus which will last for a couple of weeks. You can also hang it upside down in a warm, dry place to dry it out once you’ve enjoyed it fresh.
  • Get the cheaper blooms en masse. In spring you can find a bunch of daffodils for £1. Buy 5 of these instead of 1 more expensive bunch of flowers for an abundant display
  • See what you can find outside. At this time of year it is easy to find small sprigs of blossom in trees which look great in small posy vases or washed up jars. I love finding pretty sticks, pinecones still attached to the twig or leafy branches to mix in with floral displays. Be careful not to pick flowers from private property and never pick a lot!
  • Make tulips last longer by standing them in ice water as soon as you bring them home. I don’t know why but this stops them from drooping as soon as normal. I do this every time.
  • Break up the bunch. One of my favourite things to do to make sure I have a fresh bunch in every room is to break up a bunch of affordable flowers See how I do this below…..

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  1. pittoresca 23rd April 2017 / 7:40 pm

    Glad to learn that eucalyptus lasts so long – I always wanted to try it because this plant is so decorative… <3
    Also great tipp to make tulips last!
    xx Eliane

    • designmischief 23rd April 2017 / 10:13 pm

      Hey Eliane, Thanks! Eucalyptus also smells amazing. I LOVE it. X

  2. quercuscommunity 25th April 2017 / 12:08 pm

    I try to buy fresh flowers every week – it brightens the house up and if you buy carefully it’s cheaper than a magazine or a couple of Starbuck’s coffees.

    • designmischief 25th April 2017 / 1:05 pm

      I completely agree. Thank’s for reading :)

  3. Imani R. 25th April 2017 / 5:06 pm

    So pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Julie 30th April 2017 / 3:29 am

    I love buying flowers either from Trader Joe’s, the Farmer’s Market, or the downtown Los Angeles Flower district. Because I have smaller vases, I generally break it up so it’s like I have several flowers throughout the room.

    • designmischief 30th April 2017 / 9:47 am

      It’s so nice having a house full of flowers :)

  5. Julia B. Hebner 20th May 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Flowers make rooms a home. I hate yard work but I will sweat a little for a flower bed.

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