Monday, 30 January 2012

Pink (and update)

Some good friends came to dinner and brought me tulips last week. They were tightly closed green buds, but now they are opening and showing their true colours.

Tulips are the only flowers that keep on growing after they've been cut. The flowers tend to reach for the sun and as the stems get longer, they droop. I was told that piercing the stem with a pin just below the blossom will stop the droop, so I've been carefully poking each flower.... I'll let you know if it works! So far so good.

Update Thursday 2 February:  piercing each stem with a pin seems to be working! Each flower that started to droop got an extra poke, and actually perked up, and they still look good after 6 days. I also have a copper penny in the water, and I read on the internet that putting vodka in the water helps, but this time I'm keeping the vodka for me!

12 comments:

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Sooooo Very Beautiful....! I LOVE Tulips....And I look forward to hearing if that works!!!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I didn't realize tulips were the only flowers to continue growing after cut. They're lovely. Thanks for stopping by my blog, yes Canada is wonderful! :)

madretz said...

I see you're getting a bit of sunshine in the great white north, too! I hope you're enjoying it as much as the tulips are. :)

The Next Chapter said...

All Spring flowers are so beautiful and your pink tulips look lovely against the sunlight. I too have heard about the pin prick but have never tried it - be interested to hear if it works.

Red Rose. said...

Hi,I am visiting you again too!
So lovely!! You have such good friends.
I love tulips very much.Your beautiful image makes me looking forward to spring.

Tomoko

Vagabonde said...

I’d also like to hear about your trick for the tulips – how long will they last. Apart from Europe where it is very cold in some countries here we have had a mild spring and blooms are starting to come out. Tomorrow they predict it will be 70 degrees (21 C) which is unusual for us in February.

Ash said...

I didn't know they keep growing after they've been cut - thanks for sharing! Please do let us know if the poking method works :-)

Gorgeous flowers, by the way!

Dave said...

Now that's useful information Shammickite. Tulips are one thing we don't grow or buy because they don't seem to last long. Must try this. Thanks - Dave

EG Wow said...

Ha! I'd perk up if you poked me with a pin too. :)

Actually, I've also tried the pin trick and it worked for me too.

Ginnie said...

Astrid says you're right about piercing the stems below the blossom. WOW. I had to learn it from you first. :) Tricks of the trade.

Craver Vii said...

Very informative. I didn't know that.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Gorgeous tulips!
Your friends are really sweet!