Monday, 24 October 2011

Flower Food Recipe

Since I started this blog in May, I have tried very hard to live in the present and be grateful for the little things.  One of the promises I made to myself was to buy more fresh flowers, and I have been.  Last week the supermarket had beautiful pale pink roses in support of breast cancer.

When I bought flowers in London, they always came with a sachet of flower food to add to the water.  This helped the flowers have a longer vase life.  The supermarket flowers here don't come with flower food, so I researched recipes so my flowers would last as long as possible. 

There are many recipes out there but the one I have had the most success with is this:
1 litre of room temperature water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon white sugar
a dash (half teaspoon) household bleach

Other tips are to remove any foliage below the water line, cut the bottom of the stems on an angle, and keep the flowers out of direct sunlight.

The roses are beautiful but you know what - they don't smell.  They seem to be grown for looks rather than perfume. 
Still they are beautiful.
I know 3 women my age with children the same ages as my children who have all fought their own battle with breast cancer - be grateful.

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  1. I have to keep reminding myself to live in the moment and enjoy the little things! Your roses look gorgeous and perfectly match the pink flowers in your pot outside. x Sharon PS Love the Laura Ashley gloves - they look far to pretty to actually use!

  2. What beautiful flowers and for a lovely cause. enjoy your week ahead.

  3. Beautiful pink roses!!! I always add a little bit of bleach like you suggested. Laura Cottage and Broome

  4. Thanks for the recipe Kylie. Am just going to make up a patch now to the supermarket flowers I bought yesterday - my one indulgence every week! Can you imagine the perfume that would be wafting through your place if those gorgeous roses did smell? Never mind - they look spectacular and such a great cause. ;)Sharyne

  5. Hi Kylie, Yes I live in the moment, my Mum died of Pancreatic cancer and since then, my thoughts on life have certainly changed. Thank you for the receipe! Mimi xx

  6. They are beautiful roses & to find them at the supermarket! My supermarket has flowers that are all almost dead and cost a fortune. I too have also been filling the house with fresh flowers while we are selling, it just fills the room! Thanks for the long lasting recipe, to get any additional time out of beautiful flowers is always a bonus. & Thank you too for popping over and joining my blog, I appreciate it. Have a great day x Jode

  7. such beautiful roses,and such a worthwhile cause too. x

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  9. Gorgeous flowers - our supermarket never has any that pretty!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!


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