Monday, April 4, 2011
With several groups of visitors these next few weeks, I splurged on fresh flowers. If you're looking for flowers which last a long time and hold to their stems try alstroemeria. Their vase life is up to two weeks. They've been in the vase for a week now and are still very fresh looking.
Years ago I took several flower arranging classes and learned several tips to keep flowers fresh longer in the vase. Cut the stems on an angle; place them in room temperature water immediately afterwards; change the water often; and remove leaves below the water level since they may cause the water to get slimy. I cut the flowers beside the vase off for the photo, they didn't drop on their own.
Alstroemeria doesn't have a fragrance, but the showy flowers make up for that fact. I think the orange color of these complements the vase I chose to display them. These flowers are also known as Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas.
Something I didn't know about the alstroemeria plant is the leaf is resupinate, that is, the leaf twists from the stem and the part facing up is actually the bottom of the leaf. I had to go look at the leaves to see this botanical uniquess. I'm working on a series of pots, but have much experimenting and details to work out before they are ready to post. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.