Mother’s Day Memories ~ flower care, rose petals and keepsake vases

May 16, 2017 / Blooms Today

If you missed sending flowers for Mother’s Day, it’s never too late … it’s just one specially designated day in a lifetime of “mother’s days” because, in reality, once a mother, she is a mother every day of the year. So, click over to’s floral arrangements and choose one, chat with one of the professionally-trained consultants and send flowers and love ~ right now.




Vibrant-GardenFor those of you with your Mother’s Day bouquets, here are some quick tips on caring for your fresh flowers to make them last longer. Flowers like fresh lukewarm water, so every day, pour out old water, snip the stems at an angle and refresh the vase with new water. The angle is important so when the stems hit the bottom of the vessel, they can still absorb water.


Pure-HappinessFlower also like their own personal space, not as much as we need perhaps, but a loose arrangement is better than a tightly packed one. If you have that many flowers or a narrow-neck vase, make two vases. Fresh flowers are a beautiful accent in any room or office. Wilted flowers need to be removed, while a limp blossom might revive with a snipping and fresh water. Be sure all your stems are submerged.


If you’ve run out of the floral preservative that came with the bouquet, mix this to assist in prolonging the blossoms:

1 quart lukewarm water
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp bleach
2 tsp lemon or lime juice

Pink-CelebrationYou can dry rose petals by placing them on a surface separated from one another for three to five days, turning them frequently. When they become brittle like a chip, they can be stored in an airtight glass jar for the memories or crushed for potpourri. offers a wide selection of keepsake glass vases to be repurposed once the flowers have faded and the memory of the love that sent them lingers on:

  • potpourri
  • glass beads
  • more fresh flowers
  • tall feathers and dry grass
  • corn, cranberries for fall holidays
  • bright colored wrapped candies
  • small ornaments
  • assorted beans
  • cotton balls
  • chocolate kisses
  • pine cones and beads
  • sand with twigs and branches
  • small soaps and bath amenities
  • dice or dominoes
  • strands of pearls
  • clothes pins
  • shredded colored paper
  • buttons, spools of thread
  • Keurig coffee pods
  • seashells
  • popsicle sticks
  • nuts in the shell

By Joanne M. Anderson

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