I absolutely adore the scent of lilacs and mine are in full bloom. Lilacs are one of Spring's sweet treats that will only last a very few days. I want to enjoy mine to the fullest while I can so here is my 60 second flower arrangement to bring this lovely color and scent indoors.
Pretty self explanatory, eh? I grabbed a clean mason jar, added some shells in the bottom, split the hard stem of the lilac so it can drink up as much liquid as possible, and put these bloomin' beauties in the jar. You don't want to have too much liquid that the flowers are submerged in the water. They'll get mushy and moldy. You could use some pretty rocks or stones in the bottom of the jar instead of the seashells.
I tied a little raffia around the top and am putting this little quick arrangement in the bathroom. Viola! Instant room freshener too!
I was looking for a solution or some way to help make the flowers last longer and here is a Do It Yourself solution I like to use for fresh cut flowers:
1 Quart warm water
1 Teaspoon white vinegar
1 Teaspoon mouthwash
1 Tablespoon sugar
4 drops dishwashing liquid
Combine in a one quart jar, mix it up and fill the vase 1/3 to 1/2 full with the solution and the rest of the way up with clear water. That's all there is to it. I now keep a jar of it mixed in my pantry (labeled, of course) and have it ready to feed the flowers in their vases.
Until next time,