What is the best way of keeping flowers alive for as long as possible?
A good household trick to keep your cut flowers around for long is to add two tablespoons of vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar to the water before putting the flowers in, ensuring you change the water every other day using the same mixture. There are also a great range of products using the specific purpose of keeping them alive such as “Flower food” which can be found at all good florists and garden centres.
Which flowers are most appropriate for which occasions?
This can be subjective and depend on the personal taste of the recipient, but traditionally certain flowers are given to mark specific occasions. Roses at Valentine’s Day is probably the most obvious Example. Gladioli, White Carnations and White Daisies are best for sympathetic occasions such as funerals. Birthday bunches should always be bright, colourful and fun.