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Gardening in America
Foliage Always Ready for an Arrangement

by Nancy Fletcher

Once in a while someone will hand me a bouquet of flowers as they come in the door. Fresh flowers are always welcome especially in the dead of winter when all is bleak outdoors.

This picture isn't too clear but you can get the idea. I start the roots of a vine like plant in a vase of water. After it roots I just leave it in the water. It will do just as well in water as in soil and it isn't necessary to worry with watering them all the time when they aren't in soil. The water is always there and only occasionally must you add more as it evaporates.  When I get that bouquet of flowers I have a vase and foliage all ready for arranging the flowers. The vine and it's roots act as a "frog" to hold the flowers. In this way I don't have to bother with saving that water absorbable sponge or searching for a holder for the flowers. I have even taken these to showers. You can dump the water before leaving the house and add it  after you get to where the shower is being held.   A nice ribbon and bow around the neck of the vase in an appropriate color makes the arrangement an attractive gift.  You can't see the stems and the roots in this picture but that is also a nice addition to the arrangement, being able to see those through the clear water.

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