Long lasting flowers
Your Chichester Florist knows that it is always lovely to make someone’s day by sending a bouquet, and flowers are a perfect way to brighten up your home. When choosing flowers to go in a bouquet the first things to consider are the colour and variety of the flowers to create something suitable for the occasion, but another thing to consider is how long the flowers will last in a vase.
Some flowers do have a longer vase life than others so in a mixed bouquet, some stems will outlive others, changing the water in the vase every couple of days will prolong the life of the flowers especially if you add some flower food.
Chrysanthemums, can be expected to survive for 2-4 weeks, they are available in a wide range of sizes, colours and shapes. In my large bouquets I like to include some single blooms and some of the pom-pom varieties. Spider blooms are really stunning, especially the green ones, I like the way they can bring texture to arrangements. If you have a mixed bouquet of flowers, these will often outlast all the rest.
Carnations, are classic flowers that can be expected to last for 2-3 weeks. This popular bloom has a long vase life that will easily last for 2 weeks, I have got some in a vase at home at the moment that are 3 weeks old and they look as good as new. Available in a wide range of colours, I think they are one of the best flowers for colour impact, there is a beautiful lilac one called moonlight which I like to use as well as newer varieties with coloured tips and frilly textures. The water in your vase does need to be changed regularly, because these can really stink if the water goes stagnant !
Alstromeria are about the only flower still to be grown locally, we have an excellent nursery just down the road in Barnham where the very knowledgeable Ben Cross grows a wide selection. These flowers are great for adding texture and a delicate element to a mixed bouquet. These flowers resemble miniature lilies and are available in a wide range of colours; they are hardy and long lasting and will survive up to 2 weeks or more.
Orchids - there are different varieties used as cut flowers including Vanda, Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis. Orchid plants will flower for up to 3 months, but even when cut they can generally be expected to last for 2-3 weeks if cared for properly. Orchids make a sophisticated addition to any bouquet or flower arrangement, elegant and looked on as a symbol of luxury. They will last longer in a cooler environment and away from ripening fruit. Your Chichester Florist will use individual little plastic tubes to give each stem a water source when including them in a design, I know they are plastic, but I do recycle and use them more than once.
This is the first installment of my guide; there will be another one to follow !