You imagine your wedding day to be like a dream. Beautiful decorations, a gathering of all those who are special in your life, and the start of happily ever after. While planning for this extravaganza, you may find that your budget is hindering your hopes and dreams for your big day. Floral arrangements especially can be a costly part of your budget.
To help alleviate some of that stress in making everything perfect, we are providing you with the top ten questions you should ask your wedding florist to be sure you are getting the most for your money. Each of these questions are also answered here by Sterling Gardens.
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Punxsutawney Phil again may have seen his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter, but those that live in cold climates know that even if the snow isn’t coming down, the dry air of winter is still here. This dry air causes cracking of your skin, lips, and generally wreaks havoc where moisture is welcomed. If you’re not a snowbird, traveling to warmer climates during the dead of winter, then our new line of lotions and soaps might be just what you seek. Not only that, but the labels from your soap can be planted to grow wildflowers in the spring!
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Flowers bloom at all times of the year. Some types are able to be grown all year, while others are only available during certain growing seasons. Different brides have different tastes, so we have compiled a list of our most popular fall blooms that can literally be made into any bouquet or arrangement.
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Flowers can be given on any occasion and sending them can send the perfect message. In certain occasions when the context of the message is especially important, it is good to have different options that suggest something other than a romantic gesture.
These fresh flower alternatives are a lasting symbol and will add warmth to any space. Most florists regularly carry these items all year and can help you find exactly what you are looking for. Check out some of Sterling Gardens’ favorites here:
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Have you ever wondered what to do with your flowers once they lose their freshness? Here are some great ideas and hacks that will help you get the most out of your beautiful blooms!
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Sending flowers is a great way to show emotions and how you feel. When you choose flowers, do you know what message you are sending? Decode it here:
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Get the Freshest Flowers you can Find.
Fresh product comes only directly from your local florists or farmers. If you are unsure, go with a lily or carnation, since these will typically last the longest
Make Sure to Immediately Cut and Soak the Flowers.
Cut your flowers everyday using a sharp knife and trim a 1/2 inch of the lower stem on a 45-degree angle under water. Next, place them in warm water for a minute to condition and then transfer them quickly to cold water. This helps them drink more water.
Help Keep Germs Out of the Vase.
Preventing bacteria growth is important. To ensure this, make sure you change the water and clean the vase every day. Remove any leaves that are submerged under the water because foliage will rot. If the water does become cloudy (indicating bacteria), the solution should be changed. In addition, wash the stem ends and container and also recut the stems.
Mix These Ingredients in with the Water to Extend their Life.
You can add a drop of bleach or vodka with sugar which can give the flowers the glucose they need and will keep the water clean at the same time.
This solution will help provide 3 things:
(1) Provide sugar to supply energy for the flower as its food supply is exhausted
(2) Contain a bactericide to control the bacteria
(3) Supply an acidifier that will increase acidity to a pH of 4.5.
1 teaspoon sugar or 1 pint of non-diet soda (Sprite)
1 teaspoon household bleach
2 teaspoons lemon (or lime) juice
1 quart of lukewarm water
Drop a copper penny in the vase.
For flowers that wilt easily (hydrangeas) add ¼ Tablespoons of Alum (Spice Isle)
Make sure to place flowers in the best location.
It is best to keep cut flowers away from direct heat and light. Keep flowers away from appliances such as TVs and computers that can give off dehydrating heat.
Preserve Your Flowers Longer
Spray flowers with hairspray—this beauty product prevents wilting and preserves them longer.
If you liked this article, check out our other floral blog posts with tips and advice about everything flowers here: Sterling Gardens Blog
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