Matching containers to Fresh cut flowers

Do you have some advice about matching a vase to fresh cut flowers, or a link? Usually I’ve used the standard vase in a cemetary, but I find I can now time the blooming and volume garden patterns to share…

Peonies – Bud Preservation in Water as Fresh cuts

Can peony buds be refrigerated, so they bloom later, when placed in light and water, as fresh cuts? To me they look like “lollipops for the eyes”, better than blooms. Also, I’d like to be able to gift them, but…

Do Iris Buds Bloom Placed into a Vase?

I’ve attached a photo of some buds from my Irises, which bloom quickly and are gone for the season. Would these buds, if placed in a vase, as I intend to gift them, open, and bloom in a vase with…

Surprised by Mother Nature

I over reacted to the threat of rain and wind this weekend, cutting peonies before they bloomed. My concern is that they would bake in the sun, and droop. I’d placed adequate support around them recently to deal with the…

Cleaning Cut Flowers

I was wondering if you had any tip on how to get cut flowers “clean” of small insects before getting into the house. I’m lucky enough that a neighbour let’s me cut a few of her beautiful peonies and lilacs…

Preserving fresh cut flowers

How do I keep fresh cut flowers from the garden in their best health? I find some nocturnal rodent is nibbling at some of the delicate roses in the garden, so I decided to pick the flower sooner. One other…

Sunflowers and pests

I have purchased sunflower bouquets at farmers markets and placed them in vases in my kitchen and office. I have then noticed small insects near the flower heads. Is this common and can something be done? We would like to…