Cost-Free Flower Arrangements
Experts at The New York Botanical Garden give you the basics of making flower arrangements with materials gathered from your own garden.
Experts recommend gardeners cut their flowers first thing in the morning. Be sure to bring a bucket of lukewarm water in which to place the freshly cut stems. Once indoors, remove the leaves from the lower portions of the stem, re-cut an additional inch off the stem, and immediately place back into the water to prevent air locks from forming.
To prevent wilting, change water frequently and re-cut stems.
Shown here: aster (Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies')