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You may recall that I went browsing a few weeks ago and that I started out in a retail store before the “voices in my head” made me leave and high tail it to Goodwill.

Well, before I got out of dodge (a.k.a. Kirklands) , I did manage to make a purchase.  I felt justified since it was only $7.99, and I really liked it…as in I couldn’t imagine leaving the store without it.

What is it?  Well, let me show you. Let’s play a game of “parts to whole”, and please don’t cheat by looking at the title of this post. 😉 To play the game, you carefully observe all of the pictures below to piece together what the object is.  Ready?  Here we go.  

If you guessed vintage style vase, then you get an A!  Now, I have no idea what era a vase like this would have come from, but I do love its vintage design.

There’s just something so rewarding about having fresh cut flowers from your own yard.  

The leaves and flowers are starting to wilt, but there are a few buds left.  I did make a d.i.y. preservative for the water which is very cost effective since it is made from ingredients that we all have on hand.

I don’t know if it really extended the life of the roses or not, since I winged it with the ingredients and the measurements.  When the picture was taken, a full week had passed since placing the rose clippings in the vase.  They didn’t start to wilt til about day 4 or 5.

Next time, I’m going to use one of these recipes:

Cut Flower Preservative Recipe #1

  • 2 cups lemon-lime carbonated beverage (e.g., Sprite™ or 7-Up™)
  • 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach
  • 2 cups warm water

Cut Flower Preservative Recipe #2

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach
  • 1 quart warm water

Cut Flower Preservative Recipe #3

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach
  • 1 quart warm water

The  source of these recipes also has some great tips for keeping your cut flowers fresh.  I think I would have gotten more life out of my flowers if I had changed the water regularly and followed a more precise recipe for the preservative.  Lesson learned.

Do you have any tips to share for keeping flowers fresh?

Until next time,


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