January 23, 2014

Cabin Fever and An Experiment

It's winter, and it's cold, but the supermarket floral shop has buckets of tulips for five dollars a bunch. I decided I wanted to bring a little bit of spring home with me, so I splurged and bought some vivid yellow tulips home.

Tulips have a tendency to droop over the sides of the vase, so I decided to divide the tulips into three different vases and experiment with techniques that I have read about on the internet.

I gathered everything I needed to conduct my experiment.

In the clear container, I placed a copper penny. It is said that it will make several different types of flowers stand tall in a vase.

After I trimmed the stems at an angel, I placed my tulips inside the container.

Next I took a straight pin and pierced the stem of the tulip near the base of the flower. 

I trimmed the stem at an angel and place them in the vase.

The last of the tulips had the stems trimmed and placed in a vase.

This is what the all looked like, left: has the stem pierced, middle: has the penny, and on the right stems trimmed and placed in water.

I put all three vases on the side table in my living room and enjoyed the splash of color that they brought to the room. 

I woke up this morning and walked into the living room and saw the yellow tulips and smiled. I don't care if they are standing up straight, or drooped over the vase, I like tulips, any kind any color, they remind me that spring will soon be here.

It has been a very long, cold, snow covered winter here is Wisconsin, I think I've been cooped up indoors for too long, and have cabin fever!


  1. beautiful and they are standing straight for the most part, hurry Spring, we miss you :)

  2. And yellow was the right choice for happiness!...:)JP

  3. That yellow would definitely perk up any room, or mood!

  4. I was just thinking this morning it should be time for tulips in supermarkets. I love them but they do droop too quickly!