Repurpose Fresh Flowers

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Fresh Flowers

How to Repurpose Fresh Flowers

This post will give you an example of how I like to repurpose fresh flowers. I doubt that there is anyone who loves fresh flowers more than me. Sometimes I just buy them for myself! Maybe it’s because I don’t have a green thumb, and can’t go out into the yard and cut a bouquet. Maybe someday, but so far my luck growing flowers has been dismal.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you how I repurposed the Valentine’s bouquet I received earlier this week.

Valentine Flowers

This was my original bouquet. It was in a clear vase about 12″ in ht. They lasted well all week and finally yesterday I had to remove a spent bloom or two.

hydrangeas, roses
Fresh Flowers in a Vase

Remove Spent Blooms

Remove any blooms that have drooped or lost petals. Be sure that they are spent and not drooping from lack of water.

Keep an eye on the water level in the vase and add more as needed. Sometimes there might be a short-stemmed bloom in the center of the flowers that might not be under the water level.

When the hydrangea blooms were drooping, I moved them to another vase with fresh water just to be sure a lack of water wasn’t the problem. They were done, so they had to be discarded.

I removed all the stems from the vase and discarded any other lost blooms. Sorry, but I didn’t take a pic of that vase. The island in my kitchen is my favorite place to put large vases of flowers.

Smaller Vases

As I downsize and re-purpose fresh flowers and put them in a smaller vase, I will move them to another spot in the house so they don’t look lost in a large wide-open space.

This morning I removed a few more spent blooms and downsized the vase. I really didn’t have the right size vase, so I just used a clear water glass.

re-purpose fresh flowers by removed spent blooms and place in smaller vase with fresh water
Tea Glass for a Vase

The corner of my desk is a favorite spot for small vases. The fresh flowers cheer me up every time I look at them)))

Tips to RePurpose Fresh Flowers

  • Check the water level in the vase as soon as you receive them. Add as needed.
  • Remove any leaves that are under the water level.
  • Keep an eye on the water level, especially if the vase is not clear. It’s amazing how much water stems can soak up.
  • Change the water if it becomes cloudy.
  • Experiment with some flower food.
  • Remove spent blooms and wilted greenery.
  • Transfer to a smaller vase as needed.
  • Trim ends with an angled cut to help stems take up more water, never crush the ends of the stems.

I hope these tips will help you to enjoy your fresh flowers longer. And remember, when you can’t think of a gift for someone, go with fresh flowers!

Update 2/28/22

Here’s the last of my fresh flowers…..the purple things hung in there for two weeks! I just trimmed them off and placed them in an even smaller vase.

last of my fresh flowers, downsized into a small vase, purple blooms
Small Stoneware Vase
remove spent blooms and move to a smaller vase with fresh water
Remove Spent Blooms and Move to a Smaller Vase
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