The last post was about the house being filled with flowers and I had three arrangements in the house. That post should come up immediately after this one. Floridagardener had suggested I join Noelle's theme and when another arrangement arrived I thought I had better join in! So four tropical arrangements to enjoy! my tea party was just finishing when my three year old grandson staggered in weighted down with some flowers for grandma!
Just look at these fiery orange heleconias!
In my last post Autumnbelle asked how long these tropical type of flowers would last in a vase. Typically I find they last for a couple of weeks. I don't add anything to the water, simply change it every couple of days to keep it fresh. My DIL showed me how to extend the vase life even longer. Inside each bloom is a "seed" , and if you remove those seeds the flowers will last longer.
Here is the same flower with the seed removed.
and the seeds I flicked out.
so then I went inside to the sexy pink lady and sure enough the seeds were starting to emerge from the older bracts.
So out they came....
I think the flowers look better now - more streamlined.
I have also noticed that they like to be misted with plain water once a day to keep up the humidity. The countdown begins - I wonder how long they will last now?