Pink gerbera for a dining table centerpiece

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When Speedy’s younger brothers and their ladies came over for lunch recently, we had a vase of fresh cut flowers on the dining table. Pink gerbera. Not my doing though. I’m not really into cut flowers and my idea of setting a table revolves mainly on filling the table with food and drinks.

But my (hopefully) soon-to-be sister-in-law, Laura, has a thing for presentation and fresh flowers, and she has turned her flower-arranging hobby into a profitable and enjoyable venture. While she was busy with the fruits and cheeses that were her contribution to the potluck lunch, I took it upon myself to see to the flowers. Of course, because I don’t seem to have any talent for floral arrangement, I simply unwrapped the flowers, cut a few inches off the long stems and put them in a glass vase. Not that the flowers needed more to look good — they were self-sufficiently beautiful. Of course, I just had to take a few photos.

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Several days after that potluck lunch, the flowers were still erect and looking fresh so we kept the vase on the dining table. Much like an afterthought, really. That was where Sam found it and started taking photos. That was when I gave the flowers more thought. Just how long do they last after they are cut? We didn’t treat the water in the vase — no aspirin, no bleach, no vinegar or lemon juice, no sugar. And still they thrived. So, I Googled “gerbera”.

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Gerbera is also known as African daisy, it comes in many colors and it is popular both for landscaping and as cut flowers. I don’t know how they will look as part of a garden landscape with their very long stems but I can very well understand why they are popular as cut flowers. If they can last for several days without wilting, without losing their shape and color and with no petals falling off, they sure can prettify a shelf or a table without tending.

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