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A flower bouquet refers to an arrangement of cut flowers commonly purchased from a florist and wrapped in cellophane, meant to be deposited in a vase of water. Flowers might also be gifted in a box, as with long-stemmed roses, or they can be cut from the yard. The term is also used more generically to mean any arrangement of flowers, including artificial ones.
The most common use of a flower bouquet is probably associated with weddings. Much thought goes into the type of bouquet the bride will carry. According to custom, just before leaving for the honeymoon, the bride might toss her bouquet to the wedding party. The one who catches it is 'destined' to marry next.
A bouquet can make a thoughtful gift for any occasion or just because. Valentines Day and birthdays are closely associated with the gift of flowers. A flower bouquet can also let someone know she is special, say "I'm sorry" when the occasion calls for it, or brighten up the hospital room of a dear friend or relative.
For all the delicacy of a flower bouquet, it carries a powerful aesthetic beauty that creates a sense of blossoming life and well-being. For this reason, many people make a habit of keeping flowers in the home or office. Although not the real thing, a quality silk flower bouquet will not only fool visitors, but can also add wonderful color to any living space or workspace without the maintenance of live flowers.
A living flower bouquet can be kept fresh longer by following a few simple rules. Upon receiving the flowers, fill the kitchen sink with lukewarm water. Submerge the stems, then cut about one inch (25 mm) off each, underwater, holding the scissors at a steep angle. This technique removes clogged stem tissue and prevents air from getting into the newly cut tissue. The angled cut also allows more surface area to absorb more water, and prevents a 'flat' bottom which can 'seal' itself against the bottom of the vase.
Transfer the flower bouquet to a water-filled vase immediately. Lukewarm water is best as it contains less oxygen which might block water uptake. Change the vase water every two to three days and add flower food each time. If flower food isn't available, try an aspirin. Keep dying foliage and flowers trimmed, and avoid setting the flowers near heat or bright light.
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