Lilies as Cut Flowers
The most symbolic flower of Easter of course is the lily. They are magnificent whether you grow them in your garden or as a cut flower.
Now this particular variety has become very popular. It's an Oriental hybrid called 'Star Gazer' and it's a cousin to the traditional Easter lily.
Whether you use these or any other lily for that matter, everyone wants them to last longer in an arrangement. Here are some things you can do.
I always remove any of the lower foliage from the stem like this and re-cut the bottom of the stem at a slight angle. And I add a half a cup of white vinegar to one gallon of water. Now if the stems of the lilies are small and weak you may want to reduce the amount of vinegar to about a fourth of a cup.
When handling lilies it's important to remove the stamen because these are covered with pollen. All you have to do is give them a gentle tug and they'll come right off.
Now a floral designer once told me that if you get pollen on your clothing the best thing to do is not to brush it off and push it deeper into the fabric but to actually take a piece of tape and press it against the pollen and gently pull it back and it will lift the pollen from the fabric. You'll find as the flower matures the pollen is released from the stamen. So it's better to remove this stamen just as soon as the bud begins to open.
Now not only are these a beautiful idea for this time of year but they can fill your home and garden with a sweet fragrance.
From the garden, I'm Allen Smith.
P. Allen Smith Gardens
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