Are you enjoying your fresh cut flowers from the garden? Here is a couple of tips to make them last longer in the vase.
- First, cut the stems in the early morning before the heat of the day and cut the stems at an angle.
- Put a single untreated piece of charcoal in the bottom of the clean vase. It keeps mold from forming.
- Use lukewarm water and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoons sugar, and 1⁄4 teaspoon bleach. The acid from the lemon helps the water to move up the stem. The sugar makes buds open sooner and last longer. The bleach prevents bacteria from forming. Sounds like something my grandmother would have suggested! She was a smart lady.
Believe it or not, this is good time to plan your garden for next year. Take a look outside and decide what you don’t want and write down what would fit in that spot better. Even better, take some pictures of your yard and gardens now, so you can reference them this winter and next spring. You can still plant perennials this year and mums are great way to spruce up your planters.
We are so happy to again see gardeners on Penn Ave again. We know it isn’t easy to get here (via 60th street) but we have lots to see. Thanks for braving the detour!
With Labor Day behind us, we are launching more of our hands-on workshops. Our miniature gardening/ fairy gardening workshops will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at our Minneapolis store (612-922-6901) and at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at our Bloomington store (952-884-7889). Call to register, as space is limited. They are such fun to create and can be enjoyed all winter indoors. What a wonderful gift for teacher, Mom, or Grandma. The youngsters have great fun creating them too! Next spring try one outside in a special garden spot. You and your neighbors will enjoy!
P.S. Remember that “National Indoor Plant Week” is Sept 16-22, 2013. Wagners has lots of houseplants to select to celebrate that week.