After the festivities of the holiday season have passed, with a few months’ wait until spring arrives. If someone calls at your home, combat it by treating yourself to a gift of flowers. And since so much time is spent in the kitchen, it’s where you’re likely to get the most enjoyment from a cheerful arrangement.
A simple galvanized tin bucket filled with several gladiolus stems of varying colors is sure to brighten any day. Luckily, these flowers tend to be available throughout the year at many grocery stores and floral shops.
Tip: While the typical vase life is six to 10 days for gladiolus, a few steps will ensure that the blooms last as long as possible. Flowers have the best chance of remaining fresh if the stems are cut on a slant with a sharp knife and plunged immediately into water. (The immediate part is to prevent an air bubble from forming near the cut that may keep water from traveling up the stem.)
Yet another option is to bring home a potted plant that blooms. This easy-to-grow geranium is a good choice and, with adequate light, has the potential to flower throughout the year.
Blooming lilac on an island painted in a similar (custom) color looks downright joyful in what can only be described as one very happy-looking kitchen. Spending any amount of time here surely would chase away the winter blues!