Saturday, December 22, 2012

Brightening the Winter Blahs with Cut Flowers

Having four distinct seasons is a way of life here in the northern climes. I wouldn't change it if I had the chance, as I truly enjoy the cold end that winter brings to the year. The clarity of a sunny, crisp winter day is beyond description. But, each season has a downside. For winter, that downside can arrive in the form of grey, overcast skies that can seem endless. When the main source of our light comes from an electrical outlet, our moods sour and our minds and bodies go into a sort of survival hibernation.

This winter, I've decided to combat this hibernation by having a steady supply of fresh cut flowers in the house.

You might ask, who's got the money to buy flowers all the time?

While there is a certain cost, it's not as much as you might expect. Most grocery store floral departments offer medium sized bouquets in the $5-8 range. If you cut the stems a couple of times and remove any fading flowers, one of these bunches will last up to two weeks. In fact, the spider mum in the center of the photo above was purchased on November 28, and is still in bloom as I write this.

I expect I'll spend less than $50 over the course of the winter to maintain a steady supply of fresh-cut flowers until spring arrives. If you think about the benefit of seeing this daily dose of beauty and cheer, it's a small price to pay to brighten the winter blahs.

Plus, what guy wouldn't want to bring his wife flowers all winter long?


  1. You are a wise man, on so many levels

  2. Definitely a good idea to fight the winter blues. You're certainly right about the grocery store deals. You don't need a large floral arrangement to cheer you up -- a small vase of whatever's on sale will do. I pick through the sale items for bunches that have the most large buds. The buds will open up and flower in time. I try to trim the bottoms of the stem daily to keep optimum water uptake for the flowers. Also, I've found that using ice water for floral arrangements makes them last a little longer. Keeping the flowers pretty and alive as long as possible will save money.