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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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This immaculate presentation of calla lilies is the perfect gift for those who appreciate elegance, simplicity and fine contemporary design. Each smooth white fluted lily has been carefully placed in the clear glass globe vase to create a harmonious display which captures the extravagance and grandeur of the calla lily. http://www.interflora.co.uk/catalog/product.xml?product_id=2539856;=1

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from Sarah Raven

Scabiosa caucasica 'Perfecta Blue'

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Scabiosa caucasia perfecta 'Alba'

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