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I’ve finally put myself on a schedule where I have time to work on my hobbies. I’m loving it! I still haven’t finished the kid’s mittens (can’t find the right eyes!) and I have just a little more to go on my sweater. But I was able to do a few other things this week that I thought were neat.

My boyfriend gave me a beautiful bouquet of orchids a few weeks ago. Interestingly, they arrived the day I got home from the hospital even though he had ordered them almost two weeks before I even knew I had gallstones! It was serendipity. But alas, the orchids did not do well. I just couldn’t keep them looking fresh. But I finally saw a way to save the flowers that were still looking good. I can’t remember what magazine I saw this in, but I just had to try it.

I placed a single stem of the beautiful flowers in a tall vase with glass beads in the bottom to anchor the stem. The stem fits entirely inside the vase. I then filled the entire vase with cold water and a tiny splash of bleach to keep it clear. It looks wonderful! The flowers on the stem that had started to wilt look perfect just a few hours after putting them in the water. I wish I had more tall vases! I put a few flowers in a quart mason jar, but it just doesn’t have that elegant look! You can do this with any fleshy bloom.

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I thought it could be a cool altar decoration - you could even have a floating candle on top to combine more elements. It has a very powerful feel to it!
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It looks very classy! Well done!

I can't bring myself to cut any flowers from my orchids, but saving those from a bouquet is a really good option.

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Same here Firle! I only have one orchid that I have managed to keep healthy. I've had it for about 3 months now and it continues to produce more blooms. I've had 3 or 4 others in the past and they've all given up on [sign in to see URL] I've given up on them!

I'm thinking of trying this with some other blooms from around the yard this spring and summer. I'm not sure what will hold up - really thin flowers won't work. I need to plant a cut flower garden one of these years!
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[sign in to see URL] is gorgeous! What a wonderful idea.
We ALWAYS place cut flowers on our altar during ritual, then the flowers go upstairs on my HPS's diningroom table or in the library (yes, she has a [sign in to see URL] house!) That would be a really neat way to do our West quarter candle. Could find some yellow floating candles for the times we wanted to do that. thanks for that suggestion!

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Well, the flowers didn't last forever of course! When I got back from my trip to Europe, the water had turned cloudy. I tried replacing it, but it got cloudy again by the next day. And the flowers had started to lose their color. Still, they lasted almost 3 weeks and I probably could have made it longer if I had added more bleach. Or maybe vinegar? Hmmm. Next time I get a bouquet of orchids, I'll have to experiment!
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It's been ages, and since I might have to cut off a stem of flowers so I can repot one of my orchids, I wonder if those experiments ever happened.

Even so, it's a great idea to preserve some flowers.

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