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Lily Care: Enhance the Beauty of Your Bouquets 

Lilies, with their showy blooms, intoxicating fragrance, and elegant forms, bring a touch of luxury to any bouquet. Their symbolism of purity, devotion, and refined beauty has captivated flower lovers for centuries. Here's a guide from KS Flowers on maximizing the lifespan of your lily bouquets, ensuring they grace your home with their presence for as long as possible. 

Choosing the Freshest Lilies

Your lily care journey begins with selecting a fresh and vibrant bouquet. Look for:
  • A Mix of Buds and Blooms: Choose lilies with a few open flowers and several tight buds. This ensures a long-lasting display.
  • Healthy Stems and Leaves: Look for sturdy, green stems and vibrant leaves. Avoid any with signs of wilting, yellowing, or brown spots.
  • Check the Pollen: Inspect the open flowers. If the pollen looks loose, ask your florist to remove it or proceed with caution to avoid staining clothes or surfaces.
Pro Tip: Always choose your lilies from a reputable florist like KS Flowers (ksflowers.co.uk), where the flowers receive expert handling and optimal freshness is guaranteed.

Lily Care at Home

  • Clean Vase: Thoroughly wash your vase with warm, soapy water to eliminate bacteria that can shorten flower lifespan.
  • Fresh Cut: Trim the stems at a 45-degree angle, removing about an inch off the bottom. This maximizes water absorption.
  • Hydration is Key: Fill your vase with cool, clean water. Lilies appreciate a generous amount of water.
  • Flower Food: Add flower food to the water to provide essential nutrients and help your lilies last longer.
  • Cool Location: Keep your lily bouquet away from direct sunlight, drafts, and heat sources. They prefer a cool, slightly shaded spot.
  • Pollen Removal: Carefully remove the pollen-laden anthers from any newly opened blooms to prevent staining.

Additional Tips for Long-Lasting Lilies

  • Change the Water Regularly: Replace the vase water every couple of days to prevent bacteria build-up.
  • Recur the Stems: Periodically re-trim the stems at an angle to maintain optimal water uptake.
  • Fragrance Note: Lilies have a strong, sweet fragrance that some people find overpowering. Consider this when choosing their placement.

Enjoy Your Beautiful Lilies!

With proper care, your lily bouquet can bring beauty and fragrance into your home for a week or even longer. Their gradual opening adds an extra dimension to their charm!

Important Note: Lilies are highly toxic to cats. Even small amounts of pollen or leaves can cause severe illness.

Delivery Options for Your Perfect Bouquet

Whether you're in the Northampton area or across the UK, KS Flowers has you covered. We offer local Northampton delivery to ensure your chrysanthemums arrive at their freshest. Need your bouquet shipped nationwide? We provide reliable and careful delivery options across the country.

The KS Flowers Difference

At KS Flowers, we're passionate about bringing the beauty and optimism of chrysanthemums into your life. Our experienced florists hand-select the freshest blooms and expertly craft them into stunning bouquets. We pride ourselves on personalized service, attention to detail, and a commitment to exceeding your expectations.

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History of Lilies

  • Ancient Symbolism: Lilies have been cultivated and revered for millennia. They appear in Minoan frescoes, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and biblical references, often symbolizing purity and divinity.
  • Greek Mythology: Lilies were associated with the goddess Hera and were said to have sprung from her milk.
  • Victorian Meanings: During the Victorian era, lilies took on specific meanings in the language of flowers. White lilies represented purity, while orange lilies symbolized passion.
  • Modern-Day Favourites: Today, lilies remain one of the most beloved cut flowers worldwide, gracing bouquets for weddings, special occasions, and as a simple gesture of affection.

Did You Know? Fun Facts About Lilies

  • Impressive Vase Life: Many lily varieties, like Oriental lilies, have an exceptionally long vase life – sometimes up to two weeks!
  • Variety Extravaganza: Lilies come in a dazzling array of colors (white, pink, orange, yellow), patterns, and forms. Some have elegant, trumpet shapes, while others boast outward-facing petals.
  • Toxicity Warning: While beautiful, it's crucial to remember that ALL parts of lilies are highly toxic to cats. Even tiny amounts can cause kidney failure.
  • Calla Lilies: A Botanical Oddity. Despite their name, Calla lilies are not true lilies but belong to a different plant family altogether.

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