Happy Autumn!

There’s just a few more hours of summer left…and while I will miss those long sunny days, I have to admit I’m looking forward to fall. As much as I love the bright, clean colors of summer, I also love the rich, deep colors of autumn that can be seen both inside and out…from autumn flowers and colorful turning leaves in the neighborhood to beautiful pillows, wall-hangings and tableware that add warmth to the home.

Bringing the rich color of the outdoors inside with fresh or dried flowers is a great way to decorate your home. Here are some flower tips I found in a magazine called Natural Home & Garden that you may find helpful.

CUT FLOWER TIPS:

  • When cutting stems, use a sharp knife or scissors and cut while holding under cold water.
  • Splice the ends of large stems to allow greatest water absorption.
  • Add a spoonful of sugar plus a few drops of lemon juice to your vase water to keep the flowers fresh longer.
  • Perk up wilted flowers by placing the stems in hot water for 20 minutes; then return to vase water.
  • To dry flowers, combine 30 percent borax and 70 percent white cornmeal. Cover flowers entirely and leave for several weeks.

(Source: Haley’s Hints Green Edition by Graham and Rosemary Haley.)

So enjoy your flowers and the rich autumn colors this season!

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12 thoughts on “Happy Autumn!

  1. I love fall of the year and the colors. The part I do not like is it means cold weather is on the way. I stay cold the year round and nearly freeze in the winter.

  2. I am so happy I read your post! I just cut roses from my rose garden for the first time and put them in a vase. A couple of roses are starting to not look so hot. I’m going to try steaming them and then put sugar and lemon juice in my next batch! I never knew this!! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m going to retweet this right now! And I love your bouquet! There is nothing like fresh flowers!

  3. Pingback: Happy Autumn! « NancyCreative | Fresh Cut Flowers and Plants

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