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..the One Day Sale on tulips at Whole Foods. I know, I am truly a badass.
I’m not usually one to go bonkers over a sale (though I will never pay full price at places the Gap, after realizing everything goes on sale 3.5 minutes after you pay full price), but this One Day Sale really got me jazzed. I scooped up three bunches of tulips for $12. That’s 40 cents per tulip. I’m sure even Clark could afford that (Lord knows what sort of change he’s hoarding in his crate; I once found a pony hair ballet flat and a Michael Kors handbag in there). Aaaand they didn’t die the next day!
I usually gravitate toward all white arrangements, but with winter’s unwelcome return to Boston this past weekend, I had to add a bit of bright and bold. I love pairing pink and red flowers, and thought that’s what I was doing… but apparently I am colorblind, because upon closer review, those are clearly orange tulips. Hey. That works too.
I may get captured by scientists upon revealing this (they’ll surely want to learn my secrets), but I’ve kept a vase of white calla lilies alive since the weekend before Valentine’s Day. I intend to keep these tulips alive until Thanksgiving, God willing. I may need to shellac them. To avoid being taken to NASA or wherever scientists live, I’ll just spill all of my top not-so-secret info.
- Buy flowers when they’re barely (if at all) blooming. The tighter the bud, the better.
- Cut a half inch or so from the stems before placing them in water. I find it easiest to do this while they’re still wrapped. That way avoid getting stabbed by thorns, and your stems will be uniform in height (you can snip them shorter once you start arranging, if you’re into that sort of thing).
- Remove any and all leaves. They drain energy from the flower and turn all swampy if submerged.
- Place the flowers in a vase of cold water. Change the water daily. Temperature is important.
- I am not sure where those flower food packets come from, but I am pretty sure it’s a warehouse from 1970 that has been trying to unload those chemicals for decades. You don’t need to use that stuff.
Also On Tap for Today:
- This is my favorite takeout place in Southie, I hear their “tulip” sandwich is really good (for the non-vegetarians)
- Finishing this week’s book obsession
- TRX, baby!
What is your favorite flower? Do you have any top secret knowledge to share?