If you know anything about me, you know I love flowers. In fact, we have already planted a ton of flowers and perennials the last couple weeks as we strive to make our yard look a little more appealing. Most of these won’t look the best until they establish after a few years. Some may not even bloom this summer at all. While it is still very much a work in progress, I wanted to enjoy the only blooms in the backyard–cherry blossoms.
It’s recommended to prune any flowering bush, tree, or perennial every season to promote growth. So, I was doing the cherry tree a little favor by stealing a couple of its stems. But, I want these delicate little guys to last a couple of days longer than if I just cut and stuck them straight into a vase.
I used the “boiling water trick,” a method used by some florists to promote preservation. This method “sears” the end of the stem and helps it retain moisture… thus lasting a couple of days longer. It’s a cheap and easy way you can preserve your blooms from your own yard as well. The tougher the stem the longer and hotter water you need to use. Here’s an article from the Telegraph to support that theory.
Well, as I become more serious about this blog I wanted to try something different. Please note there is still some things to do in the kitchen… but this is a clever sneak peek into what it will look like a few weeks from now when we finish up the crown molding, lights, and more finishing touches. ENJOY! And remember to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for more inspiration!