Decorating with Lilacs is one of my favorite things about May. By the end of the month, our weather here is more consistent, the days are so much longer, and the lilacs bloom. I absolutely love bringing them into my home, and today I’m sharing some tips that will make them last longer the moment you clip them.
Do you love decorating with lilacs as much as I do? This year I wanted to learn more about when to clip lilacs, how to clip them and how to make them last longer once I brought them inside. I asked my followers over on Instagram and got some great feedback, so I thought I’d share it all here with you on my blog.
A Word about Creativity…
I have to say, this blog post was so much fun. Just me, being creative and playing with flowers. No deadlines, no collaborations. No pressure. Just a camera and some gorgeous lilacs. And it felt really, really good. And I probably took WAY too many photos. But I loved every single one.
If you’ve been following along lately, we have definitely been in project mode these past few months. I’m not one to sit around, my head is constantly spinning and once I finish one thing I’m immediately on to the next.
It’s the creative side of me and it’s something I really struggle with. It’s so difficult for me to JUST BE. To sit still. To listen and not think. Present in the moment and not daydreaming about what I’d like to do next.
I shared a little bit about this in my Instagram stories, and honestly that’s why I think painting has been SO good for me. Every Sunday after we all rest in the afternoon, my husband takes the boys outside and I take a few hours to paint. I listen to music in my sunroom and get lost in the painting and it feeds my creative soul.
Clipping, decorating with and shooting these lilacs did the exact same thing for me. I got up early and went outside to cut some branches, and in that moment I had so much peace in my heart. The birds were singing and cool morning air was perfect. The warmth of the sun felt just right. Bringing them inside brought me so much joy.
All that to say, don’t ever feel like creativity is a waste of time. It’s a gift from God, our Creator. The ultimate Creator. The One who formed mountains and valleys, oceans and rivers. Beautiful meadows dressed with trees and flowers. And lilacs. He created those, too.
And when I pause to consider a lilac, and how God created it, and painted it so beautifully onto this earth, I’m reminded that my desire to create and capture that flower is only His image reflected in me.
Take time to create. For no other reason than to create. Not for likes or follows, but just because. I am still working on this in my own life, and I hope this post reminds you to do the same.
Now onto the lilacs. Here are the tips from my wonderful followers –
Tips for Decorating with Lilacs
Be sure to clip lilac stems before they have fully bloomed.
Cut lilacs in the early morning when they are still covered in the morning dew. Flowers will fade quickly if they are cut in the heat of the day.
Choose larger stems and be sure to cut them at a 45 degree angle. This allows for more water uptake.
Split the end of your stem by smashing it with a small hammer to keep your flowers even more hydrated.
In order to keep your water clean, be sure to remove any leaves under the water line. Removing all the leaves will help your flowers to last even longer, but I personally like to leave some leaves for a beautiful arrangement.
Have a container of warm water nearby so that when you cut, you can immediately place the cut ends underwater.
I was given three separate suggestions as to what to put in your water –
One person said to add a little bit of sugar to the water in order to make them last longer.
Another person said to use crushed aspirin which will keep the water free from bacteria.
I had many suggestions saying to add floral preservatives to the water as well.
I tried using sugar in one vessel and since I didn’t have floral preservatives, I tried a tiny little bit of Miracle Grow in another…not sure if that was a bad thing but my blooms were cut early Tuesday morning and some started to fade by Friday, while others still looked amazing.
I definitely noticed that the tiny stems faded much faster than the thicker branches. Next year I want to try aspirin and see if that makes my stems last longer!
Do you have any tips to share? I’d love to hear in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed this post, I truly loved decorating with lilacs this year. These photos will forever make me smile!