Friday, May 17, 2013

Beautiful Flowers

My sister and law and I used to own a flower business before we had kids. It was so much fun! Especially working with your best friend! Yes, she is awesome and we were friends even before I met my husband; in fact she introduced me to him. I say that she would have been the maid of honor in my wedding if I married her brother or not, but I did marry her brother so it makes it even better! 
Me and Mary Beth; my flower partner and friend 

We owned a flower business and did the flowers for weddings and events in the Washington, DC and Northern VA area. We had a lot of fun and met some wonderful people. It took up many hours of our time and challenged our people skills and creativity but it was worth it. We have great memories to look back on and some great laughs of the many bridezillas and many crazy mothers of the brides! 

One of the many things we learned about is keeping flowers beautiful for longer. A great tip is when you get lilies, to get some that haven't already opened. If they have, no telling how long they have already been open. They will open just being cut in a vase of water for a while. Once they've opened, remove the pollen from the stamen like in this picture. This will help them to stay fresh for longer. The reason why is that ...*"Pollen represents an important part of flower anatomy, but for lilies, the presence of pollen can be a problem. If the pollen gets on the flower petals, it can eat away at these delicate flower parts, leading to a shorter life for your blooms. While you can't remove pollen from some lilies, such as calla lilies, many lilies contain pollen that can easily be removed. Stargazer lilies, for example, feature a prominent central pistil surrounded by protruding stamens, each of which have pollen atop them. To ensure that your lilies remain fresh for an extended period of time, carefully pluck the pollen from each of these stamens, taking care not to allow the pollen to touch the petals." 

So enjoy all those flowers that are in season right now! I am loving my beautiful flowers from my local farmer's market. In season, fresh, and inexpensive. Those sound like winning things to me!

* Source: Pro Flowers

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