Your Apartment Needs Some Flowers!

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Your Apartment Needs Some Flowers!

Eva R. Marienchild · Feb 16, 2016

Flower vase on rustic tabletop with abstract blurred modern cityscape night background

Flowers of every shape, size and hue add so much to every room in your home. Small apartments, especially, benefit from “an inside garden”, as flowers open up every nook and cranny–making spaces look larger than they are and adding oomph wherever you place them.

But here’s what really makes decorating with flowers so incredibly inspiring…there’s something about the scent of freshly cut anemones-–ivory white petals with a soft pink center and a lilting, fresh scent—or of freshly cut peonies, sunflowers, lilies or freesia…in short, of all flowers…that adds perky personality to a home.

Who needs room deodorizer or air freshener?

Try arranging five or six flowers in a vase with water and placing them on your bureau, table, cabinet or even on a stepladder. (Be sure to push the vase to one side when you’re climbing on the stepladder to change the ceiling light bulb.)

The luscious but subtle aroma will permeate the entire apartment in no time.

Candles versus Flowers

Scents which emanate from natural flowers are invigorating. Flowers do for your apartment what a shot of Vitamin B12 does for us: they provide a natural jolt of energy.

“But I SO love candles,” you might be thinking. “Flowers are a close second; however, I get a warm, comfy feeling when I light a Vanilla-scented candle.”

Understood! The reason that those scented candles are so alluring is that they are made with powerful artificial ingredients which mimic the real deal. Suggestion: if you can find a candle that has all-natural ingredients, you wouldn’t need to concern yourself with possible toxins in the air.

Or you can make your own scented candle: melt wax, add vanilla extract and a wick; pour and cool.

When it comes right down to it, we flower aficionados know that other scents can’t hold a candle to the aroma of flowers. Petals put out subtle, light essences with unbeatably complex layers.

Another plus: you don’t have to worry about the risk of leaving a few candles lit when you go out.

Convinced? Open a window to let the air waft through the rooms, and circulate l’essence du fleur.

Have a Small Patio Garden? Create Scents!

If you have an area where you plant greenery, consider adding especially fragrant varieties of flowers. Take advantage of your screen door; make sure you give your apartment access to the heavenly scent. It’s an awesome way to partake of your natural selections when they’re in full, fragrant bloom.

Choose beach roses (so-named because they grow near the shoreline in the eastern U.S.); Nicotiana (pronounced NI-CO-SHE-ANA–which will release an especially powerful waft at night), annual sweet peas and petunias. Stick to the old fashioned varieties for a stronger scent. Ask the merchant if the selections are traditional or hybrid.

Dried Flowers and Longer-Lasting Petals

Bud-shaped flowers like roses will retain their shape when dried. They’re terrific for inserting in a small pretty bottle – one of those blue-tinted glass bottles, for instance. This provides an elegant look for your bathroom, and also does wonders for a corner that needs a touch of finery–perhaps a bookshelf that doesn’t have too many books?

Try clipping and arranging three dried roses for maximum floral impact.

“Speaking of lasting very long,” you might be thinking, “I love freshly cut flowers, but I can’t get them to stay open for more than a few days at a time. Any ideas?”

As a matter of fact, we do have a few. First, ‘though, a question: did you buy flowers that were on the stand a long time?

If you don’t know, try to find out, next time. You definitely don’t want to buy a bunch of lilting, past-their-prime flowers.

Befriend your local florist and ask her or him to clue you in on when flowers arrive. Too, the folks who work with flowers day-in-and-day-out are PROS, so don’t hesitate to ask them whatever you need to know about filling your apartment with freshly cut flowers on a frequent basis.

A few ideas: If you wish to buy armfuls of flowers – perhaps bouquets are on sale in your local market– keep a couple in a bucket of water in the lower part of your fridge. Move your flowers away from hot spots.

Also, do not leave a store if you have a ways to travel without ensuring that the flowers you have purchased are in water. At the very least, saturate a paper towel and wrap it around your flowers. (A few florists will include individual flower tubes.)

When you’re going through the flowers you’ve brought home, pick apart the wilted or dried segments. Take time to remove all the greenery (foliage) at the bottom, near the stems, to prevent the water from turning murky.

Change the water every other day, and fill the vase daily.

Too, inspect the stems. Are they raggedy looking? Cut the edges under water, on a slant. This keeps excess air from being absorbed.

Don’t hesitate to trim the stems daily or every other day, so the flowers can get their nutrients.

Freshly cut stems will absorb the water so much better…and your “inside garden” will smell that much sweeter for a bit longer! Here’s to petal power!

 

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