Wednesday

WFMW-Fresh Flowers

I love fresh cut flowers arranged beautifully in a vase. 


Who doesn't? (if you don't, that was rhetorical, I'm making a point here)

But if you're like me, only a special occasion warrants such a gift. Flowers are expensive and that's why my arrangements are usually made of tiny weeds, given with love by my children!

Lately, I've notice our little corner grocery store has had an abundance of flowers and they are consistently marking down the bright bunches of posies to $4.99 or less! But I'm drawn to the scrawny sets for $1.99. My inner bargain queen is my guide. 

Now, I realize flowers are marked down because their days are numbered. But I have a secret recipe that makes flowers last longer!
Mix 2 Tablespoons sugar with 2 Tablespoons white vinegar. 
Stir until sugar is dissolved and pour mixture into water.
I used small bud vases for my small package of flowers when I had company a few weeks ago. 

My $1.99 set spread cheer to several rooms!














And these flowers lasted all week!

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68 comments:

Brianna @ Heart(h) Management said...

Oh, I love fresh flowers too. I'll have to use this recipe--for the VERY rare times that I have this treat!

Kirsty said...

I love fresh flowers and have made a resolution to have them in my home all the time. I'm definitely going to try this tip! Thank you :)

Raise Them Up said...

I like to cut flowers (when I have them) from my yard. Thanks for the tip on making them last!

And thanks for hosting this!

Living with Lindsay said...

Great tip! I'll have to remember this the next time we buy flowers.

Amy@ MomsToolbox said...

Any tips on keeping the cat from eating those beautiful, lovingly selected flowers???

Bridget said...

Oooo...great tip! Thanks! :)

Anita's Journal said...

Thanks for sharing. I do like having fresh flowers on my table from time to time.

Mrs. Petrie said...

I'll give this a try. I always buy the bargain flowers, too! ;)

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

I've never heard of this trick before..., awesome. I'm definitely going to try that. Thanks!

Charlotte said...

great tip! I just got some flowers for my birthday :)

It Feels Like Chaos said...

I have heard of the sugar, but not with the vinegar. I'll have to try that! Thanks!!

Gray Matters said...

Thanks for the great tip - beautiful flowers!

ilovemy5kids said...

Fresh flowers are awesome! If you buy white flowers then put food coloring in the water - it will change the flowers to a new color. Isn't that fun?

Have a great day!!!

Blessings,
www.ilovemy5kids.blogspot.com

Simply Sara said...

Thanks for the great tip!

I love getting flowers too, but mine ALWAYS die too quickly!
I'll be using your secret recipe next time for sure.

P.S- Your flowers are beautiful!
:)

Fourgiven Momma said...

I have never heard that combo, but will definitely try it next time. I like to snip the ends from the stems periodically and that seems to help them last longer as well. Such a nice treat to have fresh flowers for guests!

Kirstin said...

that's an awesome idea

Kara said...

That is a great tip. I am always sad when my cut flowers die after just a few days.

Courtney said...

love the tip! who knew it was that easy to do.

{ L } said...

Can you please delete link #77? I left the wrong link (to last weeks' wfmw instead of this week's. Thank you and I'm sorry.

I LOVE flowers! They always make my day. :) Thank you for this awesome tip.

Susan said...

I use the little packet of stuff that comes with the flowers.

I forgot to put the subject on my link-large family dinner tip.

Peggy said...

I've heard of sugar mixed with something. I don't remember what the "something" was but it wasn't vinegar. I prefer to get flowers only on occasion and do not enjoy huge florist arrangements. I currently have an Easter Lily plant perfuming the main level of my house and some beautiful bi-colour carnations as well. My favourite has to be a single peony from my boyfriend's peony bush - gorgeous flour and gorgeous scent.

I'll have to try the sugar/vinegar trick. Thanks for posting it!

momstheword said...

This is a great idea and it's with stuff we always have on hand. Thank you for the tip and thank you for hosting!

A happy heart at home said...

Cute flower arrangements! Great idea! Thanks for hosting WFMW.

~Susan

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

I will have to try that. What a great idea!!

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

This is always one of my favorite spots on Wednesdays . . . could spend ALL day just cruising around in here:)

Thanks for hosting.

Kristin K

Sandy@ Jesus and Dark Chocolate said...

Great tip! I just picked a ton of fresh flowers from my woods and yard!
Thanks!

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

Making pretty things last longer and getting the most bang for my bargain buck are always at the top of my list. Thanks for the great tip!

The Real Me! said...

My husband has made it his thing to buy me flowers from an on the side of the road vendor every month for the last 13 years. Because of that the guy gives him a great discount and I get beautiful wild flowers that last about 2 weeks. Maybe if I use your little recipe they will last a bit longer. Thanks for sharing it.
HUGS.
Kim

Becky said...

What a great idea. I'm looking forward to using it! Have a great day :)

Fiddledeedee said...

The fact that flowers die so quickly is the reason I opt for silk. But, there's just something wonderful about a house with fresh flowers in it. I may have to rethink my position. :)

Angela said...

Excellent idea! I love fresh flowers and the little packet of stuff doesn't seem to work well for me.

Sandy Toes said...

I love fresh flowers too!
sandy toe

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

Thank you so much for hosting this! There is such a wealth of information and encouragement to be found on blogs and it is much easier to find great blogs like this!!

Mo said...

hmmmm...vinegar & sugar, huh?! Will definitely have to give that a try; thanks for sharin' it!

emw said...

Great idea! You've inspired me to keep an eye out for cheap bouquets to put to use!

Hoosier Homemade said...

Very pretty! Another hint is, if you put the flowers in warm water and cut the stem while it's under the water, they last even longer. My Mom was a florist for 40+ yrs, and I learned a couple tricks from her.
Thanks for hosting!
~Liz

Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free said...

I love fresh flowers, too! Never heard of this trick before--I'lll definitely have to try it. :)

Suz said...

Never heard of using sugar and vinegar... kind of like a vinegret. I'll have to try it sometime!

heresmycuplord said...

I love the smell and beauty of fresh flowers.

Ginger

Pam at BeyondJustMom said...

So simple and it works. I've heard of using sprite or 7-up but I never want to open a whole bottle just for a few drops. Vinegar & sugar I can definitely do. Thanks!

Rona's Home Page said...

I love having real flowers in the house too! I actually purchased a bunch at fresh & easy almost two weeks ago. They're still looking fresh.

Jennifer said...

Good tip! =)

Angela said...

tried to change my title from last week (#171, starting with baby steps) but it didn't change when it posted. sorry, it is supposed to be baking with applesauce. still learning mr linky, guess i messed this one up. thanks for all you do!

Lorie said...

Did you know that Aldi's usually has flowers for about $2.99 a bunch? Don't know if you have an Aldi's near you or not, but it might be worth checking out if you do.

Hillcrest Cottage said...

Great tip...just in time for my roses an daisies that are popping out.

Kathryn said...

I love daisies! And i love them because they last so long. Much longer than roses.

Thanks for the tip.

(Getting flowers given me is something that IS special . . . it happens about once in a lifetime for me!)

Jerralea said...

Thanks so much for sharing this tip, Kristen! I love fresh flowers but am so sad when they die.

I will definitely use this tip.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Nothing is better than fresh flowers. I have a few blooms outside and some rosemary, so I am headed out to cut some. I like the fact that you made a little go a long way. Jackie

Jaden Paige said...

I love your little trick! How awesome! I'll have to try it the next time :)

Wendy said...

Great tip! Thanks!

I love putting little vases of flowers around the house. I repurpose baby food jars as bud vases, and i find they're the perfect size.

Jaime (ChaseNKids) said...

I love having fresh flowers around the house. Love this tip!

Amber said...

Just wanted to say Hi! You have a blog that inspired me to start my own...thanks :)
http://amberwabisabi.blogspot.com/

Veggiemomof2 said...

I heard on CSI that adding a few drops of bleach will kill bacteria & make flowers last longer too.

I do know putting them in warm water for a minute before putting them back in the vase will make them perk right up!

Holly said...

What sweet arrangements. . .who can resist fresh flowers?

se7en said...

I love the divide and conquer and spread them round the house a little idea - that sure works for me!

Meanwhile, I totally forgot it was Wednesday - talk about the confusion that sets in with a long weekend!

Melissa said...

I'll have to try that!

Lori said...

Oh how I love fresh flowers! Someone told me a long time ago that putting an aspirin in the vase water makes them last longer too! Thanks for sharing this tip. I may just look for some marked-down fresh flowers this week when I do my shopping! :)

Maddy said...

Newbie - what a fabulous idea. I'm not join in this week but I shall try to do so next week.
Best wishes

Kristi_runwatch said...

Thanks for the secret recipe! I was just thinking about starting to get fresh flowers more often the last time I was at Aldi - they're usually pretty cheap and it is such a treat. The secret recipe is extra motivation to do it! ;)

BeckyB said...
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BeckyB said...

Here's a recipe for pizza dough that my family loves and is sooo easy!
http://haveacupwithme.blogspot.com/2009/04/works-for-me-wednesday-pizza-dough.html

Amber @ Classic Housewife said...

I love fresh flowers too but never buy them! This is a GREAT tip!

Free Games said...

Great idea to maximize how far those fresh flowers go! Now if only I can get my cat to stop eating them then I'd be doing real good!

Frugal Fairhope said...

I love fresh flowers in the house.

We planted some rosemary bushes in the garden a couple years ago and made an arrangement of the cuttings for the Easter centerpiece. It was wonderful and is lasts a long time. We still have it on our dinning room table.

Christy said...

I wanted to share my works for me but didn't get it done in time. I have a large metal decorative grate that I purchased from a floral/gift shop. It's original purpose was an outside door mat. When I saw it, I knew instantly that it would serve as a wonderful large size trivet. I have it beside my stove so that I can sit pots on it without burning the counter or looking for a hot pad or trivet. The best thing is that not only is it functional, it is also decorative and looks like it belongs right there. Repurposing items works for me.

henzy said...

i will definately remember that tip next time i buy flowers. Thanks

Kristi_runwatch said...

Thanks for the tip - I bought some reduced tulips tonight and I'm so glad for your secret recipe!

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