If you were lucky enough to receive a big bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day last week, they might be looking a little droopy — mine always did after about a week. But that doesn’t mean you have to toss them into the trash. In the January/February issue of Smart magazine, we showed you two ways to preserve your buds: in the microwave or by air-drying.
First things first, though: Find out if the flowers will preserve well. After all, the types of flowers used in the bouquet make a big difference in the final product.
- Air drying works best for such robust varieties as roses or long-lasting plants, like lavender.
- For more delicate flowers like lilies, pressing may be your best preservation alternative.
- Gerbera daisies, chrysanthemums and tulips are great candidates for the microwave flower-drying technique, a process that will preserve their color and structure better than air drying.
Voila. Now that you know which method will work best for the flowers you have, check out the full tutorial. If you end up drying some, post a photo of your preserved bouquet to the Smart magazine Facebook page and let us know how it turned out.
Of course, if you’re less than crafty, or escaped Valentine’s Day flower-free, no matter. Grab a fastnacht and celebrate Fat Tuesday — and celebrate a belated Valentine’s Day on your own!
As the cold sets in and that couch calls your name, Smart magazine encourages you to enjoy winter for all it offers. From outdoor activities like skiing and hiking to cozy indoor ideas like making your own hot cocoa, we’ll offer a tip each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through March.