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  • Cut flowers before morning dew has dried or in early evening. Snip above a node or dormant bud to spur new blooms. Put stems in a pail of lukewarm water as you cut them.
  • Recut stems on a slant, under water to eliminate air bubbles that block food and water uptake.
  • Remove bruised leaves and foliage below the water line to prevent decay.
  • To stop nutrient-rich sap from oozing, scald stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds or over a candle flame.
  • Condition flowers several hours before arranging. Put stems in lukewarm water, in a dark, cool place.
  • Arrange conditioned flowers in a vase of warm (110F) water.
  • Put the vase in a well-ventilated cool place (as low as 38F) to slow aging. Don't store flowers near unsealed fruits and vegetables, which produce ethylene, a gas that hastens ripening.
  • Change water every couple of days. In mixed bouquets, flowers may give off sap toxic to other varieties in the vase.

Freshly cut flowers often have enough stored sugars to survive in a vase. For extended enjoyment, use a commercial floral preservative or the following formula -

* 1 cup regular 7-Up (the sugar provides energy)
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 teaspoon household bleach (controls bacteria)

 Plants to consider include -

  • Iris s. 'Sunfisher'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Iris s. 'Sunfisher' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Sunfisher' (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Siberian IrisLight yellow standards and deeper yellow falls form a beautiful display in early to midseason. Based on our observations, this is one of the earliest of the Siberian Iris to bloom...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Sky Mirror'
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    Iris s. 'Sky Mirror' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Sky Mirror' (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Siberian IrisWith a similar flower shape to 'Ruffled Velvet', this Iris will give you the rare light blue shade that you've been needing for your early summer garden. Pale sky blue falls have navy...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Cape Cod Boys'
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    Iris s. 'Cape Cod Boys' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Cape Cod Boys' (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Siberian IrisJust like the famous shore community of Cape Cod, this Siberian Iris will make you think of beaches and the ocean. Periwinkle blue flowers have darker blue veining that intensifies...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Blueberry Fair'

    Iris s. 'Blueberry Fair' (25) BR Plants

    Iris 'Blueberry Fair'  Common Name: Siberian Iris 4 inches wide, indigo purple falls and standards have white near the centers with indigo purple veining. The full-looking flowers sit atop extremely thick stems. American Iris Society Morgan-Wood...

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  • Coreopsis grandiflora 'SunKiss'

    Coreopsis g. 'SunKiss' (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis g. 'SunKiss' (30)ct FlatCommon Name: Tickseed, Huge, nearly 3' wide, golden yellow flowers with burgundy red centers. According to the breeder, this is the brightest yellow flower with a large blotch available as a seed strain. This beautiful,...

    $131.80
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  • Iris 'Over in Gloryland'
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    Iris s. 'Over in Gloryland' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Over in Gloryland' (25) BR Plants Height: 34.0 Inches; Spread: 18.0-24.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3 - 9Flower Color: Blue shades; Foliage Color: Green shadesFull Sun - Part ShadeAverage to Consistent Water Average Soil QualityAttracts...

    $165.00
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  • Coreopsis 'Zesty Zinger'
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    Coreopsis v. 'Zesty Zinger' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis v. 'Zesty Zinger' PPAF (30)ct Flat - SIZZLE & SPICE Collection Common Name: Threadleaf Coreopsis This Coreopsis forms a compact, rounded mound covered with rich colored flowers. 1.5”, Light ivory flowers have dark magenta centers...

    $170.20
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  • Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brothers'

    Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brothers' bare root

    Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brother' Common Name: Siberian iris Zone 3 to 8, perhaps 9. Full sun to partial shade. Deep purple flowers in late spring rise to height of 36 to 40 inches on rigid stems. Hardy clumps of arching, slender, grass-like, slightly...

    $3.62
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  • Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' (3.5 inch pot)

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'Zone: 4 to 9. Full Sun. Mature size: 6 to 9 inches tall; spreads to 2 feet. Dwarf coreopsis forms dense, bushy, slowly-spreading clumps of short, broad-oval, shiny deep green leaves. Bright orange-yellow, daisy-like flowers are...

    $4.30
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  • Coreopsis 'Early Sunrise'

    Coreopsis g. 'Early Sunrise' (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise' Common name: Tickseed. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 18 inches tall and 15 to 24 inches wide, a compact Coreopsis. Growth rate: Moderate, Easy to grow. A profusion of brilliant golden-yellow, semi-double...

    $130.36
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  • Coreopsis 'Daybreak' PPAF
Photo courtesy of Darrell Probst

    Coreopsis 'Daybreak' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis 'Daybreak' PPAF (30)ct Flat Flowers have prominent orange-red centers and fringed, gold petal tipsFlowers are sterile, no need for deadheadingCompact, basal mound of disease resistant, dark green foliageVery long blooming from early summer...

    $170.20
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  • Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' offers flat, olive green leaves  with bright yellow flowers from early spring to frost.  Hardy from zone 4-9.

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' (10)ct Quarts

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' Zone: 4 to 9. Full Sun. Mature size: 6 to 9 inches tall; spreads to 2 feet. Dwarf coreopsis forms dense, bushy, slowly-spreading clumps of short, broad-oval, shiny deep green leaves. Bright orange-yellow, daisy-like flowers...

    $87.00
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  • Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet'

    Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet' (25) BR Plants

    Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet' Common name: Siberian Iris. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide; Herbaceous perennial clumps will grow together to inhibit weeds. Growth rate: Moderate...

    $158.60
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  • Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother'

    Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brother' (25) BR Plants

    Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brother' Common Name: Siberian Iris Zone 3 to 8, perhaps 9. Full sun to partial shade. Deep purple flowers in late spring rise to height of 36 to 40 inches on rigid stems. Hardy clumps of arching, slender, grass-like, slightly...

    $153.00
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  • Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar'

    Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar' (25) BR Plants

    Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar' Common name: Siberian Iris. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 28 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide; Herbaceous perennial clumps will grow together to inhibit weeds. Growth rate: Moderate. Creamy...

    $158.60
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  • Iris 'Black Gamecock'

    Iris 'Black Gamecock' (25) BR Plants

    Iris 'Black Gamecock' Common name: Louisiana Iris. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 24 to 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide;Growth rate: Rapid. This native cultivar has huge 4 to 6 inch blossoms that open flat to display velvety deep...

    $161.00
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  • Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull'  PP18789

    Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull' PP18789 (30)ct Flat

    'Jethro Tull' Coreopsis Common Name: Tickseed, Hardy in zone 4 to 9.Partial to full sun. Fast growth rate in full sun. Golden-yellow reliablyfluted petals on 18 inch-long stems, that seem to bloom all summer. Drought-tolerant, compact and tough. Space...

    $153.40
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