…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…..