I have had some conversations with people about how long flowers will last! This is more important it would seem than how beautiful they are or how fabulous their scent. I have even on one occasion advised buying artificial flowers as the length of time the customer had in mind was totally unrealistic. I usually hope for a vase life of 5 days but for some it will be shorter and others longer. Certain things will help:-
Remember imported flowers have often been bred for longer vase life and treated with chemicals and fungicides. In the process apart from being generally non eco friendly the very nature of the blooms are lost in particular scent. They are however older (quite a lot older) than my flowers as they have travelled a long way and been handled by grower, transporter, wholesaler and retailer.
My garden flowers are untreated but as they are so freshly cut I find they last well. They are so freshly cut they will drink a lot of water in the first 24 hours so don't be mean!
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.