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We all want our flowers to last forever. We want it so much that there are entire aisles in Michael's devoted to plastic flowers that will bloom for eternity. But when it comes to creating a warm atmosphere with pleasant fragrances, nothing compares to the real thing. Here's how to get the most of your potted plants and flowers.

Choose your plants wisely

All plants are different. Some flower for different lengths of time or even at completely opposite times of the year. When it comes to cut flowers, they too last varying lengths depending on the species. The time a cut flower lasts before wilting is called its vase life. The vase life is a hard life. But certain flowers withstand it better than others.
  • Chrysanthemums (25-30 days) - They're not a flashy flower, and they don't need much to survive in a vase other than fresh water each day
  • Orchids (10-30 days) - There are countless varieties of orchids available. Aside from their unique form and appearance, orchids can also be surprisingly hardy
  • Anthurium or "flamingo flower" (15-45 days) - Flamingo flowers are a rare sight, and last quite a long time if maintained properly. But pet owners beware: they're considered toxic to dogs and cats

Preparing the vase

The first thing to remember is to clean a vase thoroughly before you put flowers in it. Once clean, start to prepare your water. Plants need food too. If your flowers came with plant food this is the best option for preserving your flower. Otherwise, there are homemade recipes for plant solution that usually involve something acidic and something sugary. Lemon juice and sugar work well mixed with water. Or you can mix one part lemon-lime soda (not diet soda) with three parts water. Next, cut the flowers slightly longer than the length of the vase and pop them in.

Caring for your flower

The job's not over once you put the flowers in the vase. The real trick to making flowers last longer is caring for them once in the vase.
  • Trim a centimeter or less off of the stems every other day
  • Add water as needed and refresh the water after a few days. Be sure to add your plant food solution as well
  • The flowers themselves can be maintained as well. Most flowers benefit from being misted with water once every day or two. Others recommend spraying things like hair spray which acts as a preservative directly onto the petals. Though it seems do defeat the purpose of taking such care to keep the flowers healthy.
  • Be sure to keep the flowers in a temperate place. If the flowers or water heat up or cool down too much the flowers could wilt

The flowers are dead. Now what?

Once the flowers have wilted (hopefully after a long amount of time due to reading the aforementioned tips!) it may seem like you have no further use for them. But there are plenty of creative ways to repurpose wilted flowers on the internet such as making a wreath or even adding them to your bath. Let us know which flowers you've had the best luck with!    

This totally updated six room cape is located in the peaceful Greenwood neighborhood, just over a mile from Mashpee Commons and 4.5 mi from South Cape Beach. Live here and enjoy the association pool, tennis court, and children’s play area. You won’t have to do a thing but move in. This summer the house was freshly painted, kitchen and baths were updated. New flooring was installed. You'll have plenty of time to entertain on the oversized deck. Get refreshed in the outdoor shower before your guests arrive. A 4 BEDROOM SEPTIC SYSTEM HAS BEEN INSTALLED. ALL NECESSARY PERMITS WILL BE PULLED TO MAKE THE HOUSE FULLY COMPLIANT WITH ALL 2017 CODE FOR FOUR BEDROOMS.

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241 Great Pines Dr, Mashpee, MA 02649

South Mashpee

Single-Family

$399,500
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
This totally updated six room cape is located in the peaceful Greenwood neighborhood, just over a mile from Mashpee Commons and 4.5 mi from South Cape Beach. Live here and enjoy the association pool, tennis court, and children's play area. You won't have to do a thing but move in. This summer the house was freshly painted, kitchen and baths were updated. New flooring was installed. You'll have plenty of time to entertain on the oversized deck. Get refreshed in the outdoor shower before your guests arrive. A 4 BEDROOM SEPTIC SYSTEM HAS BEEN INSTALLED. ALL NECESSARY PERMITS WILL BE PULLED TO MAKE THE HOUSE FULLY COMPLIANT WITH ALL 2017 CODE FOR FOUR BEDROOMS.
Open House
Sunday
November 19 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 241 Great Pines Dr, Mashpee, MA 02649    Get Directions

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When you think of sprucing up your home in its interior, the first thing you may think of is to paint those seemingly boring white walls. The truth is that white walls can actually be exciting when you learn how to make the correct upgrades. There’s so many ways that you can breath life into your white walls without ever picking up a paintbrush. Below are some ideas that you can use to make your white walls a bit more exciting. We want to help you think outside of the box when it comes to your home’s interior decor. Find Nature Inside Of Your Home Bringing touches of nature into your home help to brighten it up. Even colors that remind you of nature can help to brighten a room. A blue or green sofa, for example, could be the jumping off point for your design. Once you add in some live houseplants and wall art, your room will be completely transformed. Think Geometric Using squares, rectangles and circles in your design is a great way to make a room more attractive. Whether its hung on the walls or mixed in with other design elements, geometric designs draw the eyes to a certain point in the room. Square frames scattered on a wall, for example, is a great way to create a focal point and add personal touches, like photos. Wake Up Walls Colorful art is one of the best ways to wake up stale white walls. Keeping away from white furniture in rooms with white walls is also key. Contrast the light paint color with darker tones of tables and seating choices. If you want to get really creative, consider painting your existing furniture. Think Outside Of The Box If you have an idea to do with some art that you think will look appealing on one of your walls, give it a try! Your home is your own castle to do with as you please. White walls are a great chance for you to express yourself. Choose Your Style White walls are a great opportunity for you to get creative with your own style. Whether you want to go vintage, modern or a mix of a couple kinds of styles, white walls provide the perfect canvas. Whatever vibe you dream your home will give, you can achieve with white walls and a little creativity. Express Yourself Aside from expressing your own style, you can use your white walls to display things that mean the most to you. If you have a memento from a great trip you went on or a prized family photo, make sure that you show off these items. Install shelving on the walls for displaying glass items, plates, figurines and more. Your prized personal belongings should be a part of your home’s decor.


241 Great Pines Dr, Mashpee, MA 02649

South Mashpee

Single-Family

$399,500
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
This totally updated six room cape is located in the peaceful Greenwood neighborhood, just over a mile from Mashpee Commons and 4.5 mi from South Cape Beach. Live here and enjoy the association pool, tennis court, and children's play area. You won't have to do a thing but move in. This summer the house was freshly painted, kitchen and baths were updated. New flooring was installed. You'll have plenty of time to entertain on the oversized deck. Get refreshed in the outdoor shower before your guests arrive. A 4 BEDROOM SEPTIC SYSTEM HAS BEEN INSTALLED. ALL NECESSARY PERMITS WILL BE PULLED TO MAKE THE HOUSE FULLY COMPLIANT WITH ALL 2017 CODE FOR FOUR BEDROOMS.
Open House
Sunday
November 12 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 241 Great Pines Dr, Mashpee, MA 02649    Get Directions

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