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5 surprising tricks to help cut flowers last longer

There's nothing quite like a vase of fresh flowers to lift and refresh the home. But unfortunately, most fresh cut flowers don't last very long. The secret to keeping cut flowers looking good for as long as possible is to minimise the growth of bacteria in the water and to provide nourishment to replace what the flowers would have gotten had they not been cut.

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Astrantia major. shade-tolerant, long-flowering and very long-lived perennials in the garden and cut for a vase - cottage garden favourites.

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from The Natural Wedding Company

New Wives Club #5: how to grow your own cut flowers - what to grow

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from Sarah Raven

Anethum Graveolens (Dill)

Anethum Graveolens - Dill - a brilliant, acid-green filler, use leaves and seeds for cooking, flowers for decorating salads and arranging - will self-sow freely.

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from Sarah Raven

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis with the foliage of Euphorbia characias http://www.sarahraven.com/shop/verbena-bonariensis.html

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