Friday, 6 May 2016

May Blooms


With May comes my craving for fresh-cut blooms - and that's perfect timing as it is also time for peony season. Whenever I pass by a flower shop or just M&S pretty little bouquets, I am irresistibly drawn to them. It is what spring does to me - and fortunately, the wish to be surrounded by flowers is easily attainable for a few pounds. It makes me feel very content and at the same time adds this touch of chic to my room. 

Picking some for myself has become one of my favourite spring activities! I generally tend to purchase the same types of flowers and colours: my go-to are tulips, carnations and peonies, preferably white, blush pink and purple. Whilst at the florist's, it is important to check the stems and the general look of the blooms to see if they are not dehydrated; if they look really fresh, they are likely to last a week or more if you take good care of them. 

Incidentally, I have been spoiled by My Little Box in April with their My Little Flower Box, which held a magazine explaining how to increase the life expectancy of fresh-cut blooms, so I thought I'd share them with you. First, what preserves flowers is cold water and fresh air. I like to put them in the sun when I'm there (and when it shines), otherwise when I am away I put them in the shade of my window sill. You can also try these ones out:  

Trim the stem using cut-diagonal cuts before plunging them into water
Add in a small spoon of sugar 
Put a copper coin in the vase
If you don't mind, add in a thimble of vodka!

To be honest I have not tried the vodka one yet but I confirm the first three really work. Once a bunch of purple tulips lasted for two entire weeks before starting to wither. Happy flower-picking :)


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  1. Those are beautiful flowers! I think Spring (and summer) are the perfect times to buy fresh flowers and have them scattered around your house or bedroom. I feel like they just bring so much life into the room.

    www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Exactly, they bring so much happiness in the house! Thank you :)

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  2. I just love how clean all your photos look! And is there anything better than fresh flowers?

    http://www.littlecoffeebreakinc.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Moa! Nothing really :)

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  3. I love these tips. I had no idea about any of them! I'm a huge sucker for flowers. My flat would feel empty without them.

    www.lacylatest.co.uk

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    1. I'm so happy these tips helped you :) I know, flowers everywhere!

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  4. Beautiful photos, those flowers are gorgeous!

    Ella xx
    www.ellaselement.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. i would love to have more flowers around my house especially now that it's spring, such pretty photos!

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. Thank you Danielle! You should, flowers scattered around your home will make you so happy!

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  6. Sugar and copper coins for preserving flowers? That's definitely new? And vodka?! I've never heard of that one before, haha. I don't keep flowers but I think I'd like to just so I can try these out, haha. Thank you for sharing, Margaux (you have such a pretty name!) x

    MAY | WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

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    1. I know, crazy right? But sugar and copper coins do work. You're welcome lovely, and thanks for the compliment :) x

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  7. I have to admit that I love flowers so much that getting them is a real pleasure. Yesterday I have found a beautiful bouquet in one of the shops and it just brought such a huge smile on my face! Unbelievable how little things can cheer people up. Find and connect with me, if we are not friends already: Bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/blog... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/igab... Twitter: https://twitter.com/igaberry1 Website: https://www.igaberry.com

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    1. I know I love their power of cheering people up :) x

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  8. Aw this is such a cute post!! My mum's a florist so I can confirm these are all great tips haha. Peonies and tulips are also my go to flowers- buying them for your room is the nicest treat ever :) great post lovely xx

    Katie | http://kaleidoscopepeonies.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Katie ♡ You are SO lucky your mum is a florist! Peonies and tulips are bae x

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