We don’t really “do” Valentine’s Day here, so these aren’t Valentine’s flowers. These are some flowers that Handy Man bought me over a week before Valentine’s Day, when I wasn’t feeling well. Some flowers last longer than others, and this arrangement seems to have some that last pretty well (mums, carnations and alstromeria). There are a few simple things you can do to make your flowers last a bit longer:

Before placing the flowers in water, cut the stems with some really sharp shears or a knife. It’s best to get a pair of shears for household use, as scissors are not meant for flowers, they can crush the stems. Cut the stems at an angle so they absorb more water. If your arrangement came with a packet of flower food, add some to the water. If you don’t have flower food, add a pinch of sugar to the water. Make sure the water is lukewarm.

If you use a flower preservative, you should change the water about 2-3 times per week. If you aren’t using any preservative, change the water daily. Discard any wilted blooms when you see them. Keep your flowers out of direct sunlight or a drafty area.

These flowers are in a cool spot near a window, but out of direct sunlight. I’ve been doing my best to keep these flowers looking nice, since winter is so bleak here and I want them to last. We’ll see how long I can get them to last!