I am a new homeowner, and SO glad to have the first purchase “under my belt.” One of the things that the Caveman (aka, my fiancé) and I loved about our new home was the care that the previous owner had put into her garden. Fortunately for me, the majority of the blooms were flowers that I liked and she had a good eye for color.
I have always loved to keep fresh flowers in the house—they add a burst of color and a fun, fresh element. However, for the past decade I have been in an apartment, which has limited my space for a fun bloom and negated my ability to grow anything.
On our first weekend in the house, I excitedly grabbed my pruning shears and spent some time inspecting our blooms. I found the perfect white rose cluster, and happily carried the bloom toward the house. I was rooting around under the sink for the perfect vase, when I noticed a little movement in the center of the rose. I’ll spare you the details, but an enormous garden spider had been woken from his/her slumber and had decided to check out why his environment had changed. Being hugely arachnophobic, this was traumatizing. Fortunately, the Caveman was on hand to take my precious bloom out to the green waste bin (along with my new found friend).
After that, I was at a loss at how I could enjoy my flowers without their buggy inhabitants.
A few weekends ago, my friend Sarah visited me at the house and in her hand was a lovely bunch of hydrangeas. When she mentioned that they were from her garden, I asked her how she “de-bugged” them. Here is her solution:
STEP 1: When you’re choosing a bloom to bring into the house, look for one that is just about to peak into it’s prime. Flowers that are on their way down will have extremely lose petals which make them more delicate to work with.
STEP 2: Next, gather your tools for battling the bugs. This includes a big bucket with a good amount of water, and your pruning shears.
STEP 3: Cut the bloom with ample space to fit into your vase. I would also recommend cutting about 2 inches more of the stem, than you think you need.
STEP 4: Place the bloom “head-first” into the bucket, submerging all the blooms entirely. Be mindful that this is not just a “dunk.” You actually have to wait a bit to let all the critters realize that it’s time to jump off the Titanic. You will also be surprised at how long they “hold on.”
TIP: Depending on the type of flower, you can very gently swish the flower in the water to speed up the process. I typically let the flowers dry out a bit in the hot sun, and sometimes do another “dunk” if there are a few pesky bugs that are still wedged in the flower.
Fortunately or unfortunately, you have drowned out a lot of bugs. For you creature-lovers out there, have no fear! Many of them actually swim to the side of the bucket and can crawl out. Furthermore, I typically dump the water in a more dry section of our garden (in the hopes that some of them find new homes).
The end result is a bug-free bloom for you to bring into the house, enjoy and admire! Do you have another remedy? If so, please share in the comments below!