I don’t like not knowing answers and am generally hesitant about taking people’s opinions as truth. So, I’m not about to make a wired bouquet that is expected to look stunning for 12 hours without knowing the flowers are gonna give it their best shot, even without all the necessary elements of survival. If only cut flowers could live on love…. (sigh)
So it is time for yet another Lola Science Experiment. It’s not terribly scientific. Basically we will stick all the potential players together and see who can rock it the longest on no juice. But just to make it scientific-like, here are the specs. My house, where these very unacceptable photos were taken stayed about 63-65 degrees. The experiment began on Friday, June 24th at 8:30 in the morning. Just to make it super scientific, you can imagine me in a white lab coat and white flip flops.
The players are…
Behold the lovely fighters
Now based on what I know and backs of cereal boxes, I’m guessing that the stocks will kick the bucket first and the orchids will win the fight. Lets see…
12:00pm on Friday
It’s been 3.5 hours and stocks, lisianthus, and delphinium are wussing out early. Stocks is softest, then delphinium, then the lisianthus.
The Allium is loosing its cool somehow holding it together.
Roses are standing strong,
Brodiaea and orchids seem bored and unmoved.
Four hours later, stock is toast. Delphinium is soft but still holding form. Lisianthus is soft but still straight and holding it together. Allium has almost lost it. Dendrobium is softer and starting to droop. Ocean Spray Rose is getting soft. All other flowers are awesome.
at 5pm, Allium kicks the bucket.
At 6:30 pm, Delphinium checks out.
at 8pm, Dendrobium, one of our star players is out.
At 11:30pm, 14 hours after the flowers were cut off of sustenance, both roses, the Vanda and Phale Orchid, the Lisianthus, and the Brodiaea are rockin’ and rollin’.
Everything still aok.
(this is the part where I start to get distracted with other projects and stop taking pictures)
Here is the summary.
Day 2, 9:30 am- Lisianthus calls it quits after 25 hours of a fight. Roses and Brodiaea are showing droopage and the orchids are a bit soft but still holding shape.
Day 2, 11:00 am Ocean Song Rose dies (26.5 hours) followed by Cool Water Rose at 3:00pm (30.5 hours).
Day 2, 9:30pm- Phalaenopsis Orchid has gone limp beyond acceptability. (37 hours)
At the end of day 2, Brodiaea is droopy but flowers are still firm! Vanda orchid is getting floppy but still holding shape.
Day 3, 10:00pm, the Vanda Orchid is worn out after nearly 60 hours.
The crazy thing is Brodiaea is still looking fantabulous and is obviously the clear winner.
It’s not until day 6 that Brodiaea is retired. And not because it looks bad. The top half or so looks vibrant and is still turgid. It’s just because I’m bored… this experiment has gone on so long that a house spider is starting to incorporate the flower into its web house. Even the spider recognizes the flower for its staying power. Let’s hear it for Brodiaea!
Luckily. ALL the flowers held up for a sufficient length of time for my flower making purposes. From this experiment I have learned where certain flowers will be placed to highlight long lasting lovelies. And here is some of the finished product.