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Date added: 02 Jul 2018 Summer Survival Guide!

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Your Summer Survival Guide

For Fresh Flowers

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Firstly, I have to apologize for the radio silence on the blog front lately... its shaping up to be a hugely busy summer here at Colonnade Florist and finding the time to sit down and blog has been something of a challenge!

However, as the sun has been shining so beautifully this week, I felt it very important to share with you some tips and tricks to keeping your flowers fresh during the hot, humid months (or days, knowing England)!

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Flowers Die in Hot Cars!

Just this week, I was walking by a parked car and happened to notice a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers on the seat- or rather should I say what once WAS a beautiful bouquet! Flowers- even in fresh water- hate to be hot and humid!!  As a florist, seeing this poor helpless bouquet left in a hot, stuffy car was like seeing a defenseless puppy inside (okay, so maybe not QUITE so extreme)- and this image did spring to mind:

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Of course I understand that the courts would be unlikely to side with me for breaking a window to save this flower arrangement, but the thought did cross my mind. 

If you must take your flowers in the car then please do it for as short amount of time as possible, and try to keep the car cool with air con or open windows. DO NOT LEAVE THEM IN A PARKED CAR!!

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When the weather is particularly hot outside, fresh flowers in the home can suffer- but there are things you can do to prolong the life of summer flowers as much as possible. 

Change The Water Every Day

And re-cut the stems at the same time. 

Warm water goes stagnant and builds up bacteria much faster than cool water, so much sure to empty your vases every day and refill will cool, clean water. Re-cut your stems at the same time to help them drink up!

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Keep Out of Direct Sunlight

Of course, getting some natural light is important to fresh flowers. However, being in direct sunlight- especially through glass windows can cause your flowers and their water to overheat. 

Glass windows (and sometimes even glass vases) can create a greenhouse like atmosphere in the sun, which can cause your flowers to wilt more quickly than they should. For this reason, keeping your bouquet in a conservatory or on a sunny windowsill can shorten their lifespan. 

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Use The Flower Food

Fresh flowers wherever you buy them from should come with a sachet of flower food (if not, its quite cheap online). Most people just throw these sachets away, but they really do work and can keep your flowers looking fresh for days longer. Remember to put more flower food in when you change the water/clean the vase. 

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Lastly (And Most Importantly)...

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This last tip we absolutely CANNOT stress enough!!

If you were lucky enough to receive a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine with your bouquet... then these must be consumed immediately

Warm chocolate and wine would be a tragedy of utmost proportions can is something we really cannot condone here at Colonnade Florist. 

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Have a Wonderful Summer!

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Poolside image by: Emily Brown Photography

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