When I started Cerise Chérie, I had intended on sharing so much more than just recipes. I wanted to let you in on all the little tips and secrets that I’ve found to make life easier and more beautiful. As a photographer I’m constantly striving to find and reveal beauty in everything, and if I cannot find beauty, then I must make it. Flowers provide endless inspiration for my work, whether it’s the pattern of veins in a leaf, or the way petals are so intricately intertwined, or the way afternoon light falls across them defining otherwise hidden shadows and highlights. They are a huge part of my life at home and at work. Not only do flowers provide an ever-changing centerpiece for the kitchen table, but I use them in almost all the photos I shoot – both for this blog & for the work I do for clients.
Roses are especially sensitive and delicate once they have been cut. Have you ever purchased a bouquet of roses, or received them as a gift, only to find them wilted and droopy the next day? I absolutely love them, but here’s a little secret – I almost never buy them from the florist. Instead I pick them up at the grocery store, usually as an afterthought or an impulse buy on my way to checkout.
Here are a five tips I’ve found to give grocery store roses a little extra life.
- As soon as you get them home, cut at least 2 inches off the bottom of the stems. For most other flowers I’ve found that taking only 1 inch off will do, but for flowers with woody stems, like roses, they need at least two. Then cut a small slit in the base of the stems (about 1 inch up the length of the stem) to help the roses absorb more water.
- To make your own cut flower food, add 1 Tablespoon white vinegar + 1 teaspoon sugar + 1/4 teaspoon bleach to a vase full of lukewarm water (roses will absorb warm water better than they will water that is ice cold.)
- As you arrange the flowers, be sure to remove all the leaves that will be below the water level. Then gently spread out the outer petals to give them a more open & romantic look.
- Recut the stems & change the water every other day. As the roses become shorter I will move them to a smaller vase, or separate the bouquet into two vases.
- Keep the roses away from fresh fruit. The gasses from the ripening fruit will cause the roses to age more quickly.