Thursday, 25 July 2013

How to Make a Rose Bowl

After weeks without rain we had a gully washer of a storm last night.  It was a glorious relief after such a long, hot spell.  But unfortunately, as with most storms, there were a few casualties in the garden. 



These beautiful roses where just too delicate to stand up to the pelting rain. I woke to find them with their heads bent and stems broken.   There was nothing I could do but cut them back and stake the remaining buds.  



The petals are a bit bruised but with a little luck they will survive for a day or two so we can enjoy their luxurious scent.  But they have hardly any stems at all!


I tried putting them in a short jam jar, but the heavy flower heads kept tumbling out.  Then I remembered a trick I'd seen on the telly using sticky tape to make a rose bowl.



It's so easy.  Just take a heavy, shallow bowl and criss-cross the top with strips of sticky tape.  Fill the bowl with water and insert the stems through the sticky tape grid.



Remember to top up the water in the bowl.  You will be surprised how thirsty flowers can be, and enjoy!  Even battered and bruised, these roses are still beautiful.  

6 comments:

  1. What a shame about the roses, but a very clever idea.

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    1. It really works, too! I am hoping the roses will put on a second flush of flowers.

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  2. A fantastic idea, it looks like a professional flower arrangement!

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    1. Thank you... it's the easiest flower arrangement ever!

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  3. What a brilliant idea. The kind of thing you feel you should have thought of and can only admire another for having done so :)

    Beautiful roses :)

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    1. The simplest solutions are always the best. : )

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