Ahh, the feast of St Valentine..
Fun for all courting teenagers, and loving partners in all sorts of ways, the mystery of anonymity, the chocolate, the jewellery and the flowers; especially the roses!
Some people do not buy roses at this time of year because they are overpriced, to match demand by greedy retailers, ahem!
But if you are so inclined, or lucky enough to receive some here is how to look after them, and present them once you get them home..
Firstly, unwrap your Valentine’s rose or roses and place on the draining board of your sink.
Cut all the stems (straight or angled, it doesn’t really matter) by a couple of inches and remove any lower leaves from the stem.
Put them into a deep vase (pot or jam jar!) of water with any plant food that nowadays comes with them.
If none did, or they are from a garden (the best sort usually!) you don’t need to do anything, some people stir in a half spoon of sugar, or even use some flat lemonade.
Remember to change the water every other day to help the flowering.
When I was growing up, a street vendor would sell ready made bouquets by shouting the nearly rhyme…
“Lovely, lovely, lovely flarrs (Hampshire for flowers!) –
Take ’em ‘ome and stick ’em in a vase”
St Valentine had nothing to do with roses, apparently. He hailed from the third century AD, in Roman times. Valentine, a Christian in the early church, refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, Jupiter, Mars etc. Being imprisoned for this, Valentine gave his prayers and healed the jailer’s daughter who was suffering from blindness. Soon after came the day of his execution, he left her a note that was signed, “Your Valentine”.
So there you have it, a lesson about looking after cut flowers and a bit of History coupled with Religious Studies. If this inspires you to look outside and want to improve matters, give us a call, we will Kentcare of it!
Lots of love from us all at Kentcare..x