We sometimes bring several bunches of cut flowers to the beach, particularly if we are staying 4 or 5 days to a week, and have several house guests. Lisianthus are a favorite as they are abundant, lush, come in several pleasing colors, reasonably priced and tend to last several days despite the heat… However, after 3-4 days, some of the flowers tend to look bedraggled and wilted, and rather than chucking out the blooms, I find that “recycling” the flowers into a much smaller, tighter arrangement extends their life another 2-3 days…
Just take your vases filled with lisianthus, and cut the tips or ends which still have fresh looking blooms. You may need to strategically pare some of the blooms away. Stick them in a much lower vase filled with fresh water and just let them peek over the edge. Here we used a blue ceramic vase and while not obvious in these photos, it has an odd asymmetrical non-spherical shape, allowing the flowers to flow in a very organic way.
From the perspective of a new guest at the house, they would definitely think this arrangement was intentional, and not the result of recycling… it looked fresh, lively and would make a perfect centerpiece for a small lunch table.
Lisianthus up close are really a pleasure to behold… they look somewhat like lush open roses but they have a softness that you wouldn’t expect from a relatively hardy flower. Waling or Puenstespina farms seem to be raising these lisianthus blooms in Mindanao which are then sent by airfreight to Manila. They are a frequent sight in commercial flowershops at the moment. At the source, they are roughly PHP180 for 6 large stems, if you are interested, contact Waling flowers at the Manila Seedling Bank.