18 May 2015

DIY Flower Tips and Inspiration - # 4 - Stock Flowers

Pink Stock lowers in a white vase with raffia

Here is another instalment in my new series: 'DIY Flower Tips and Inspiration' - and it's all about Matthiola. The common name for them is Stock or Gillyflower.

  • Try to buy the flowers when the top flowers are in bud and the lowest flowers are open.
  • Remove most of the leaves - the leaves are lush and fleshy and will take the water needed for the flowers.
  • Cut away any white parts at the bottom of the stems - or the flower will not be able to take up water.
  • Stock flowers do best in shallow water - so just fill the vase with a little bit of water. Just remember to change water when you need to.
  • The individual little flowers are easily broken off - so handle with care! 
  • They last in a vase for about 5-7 days.
  • Stock is a wonderful sweetly fragrant flower that comes in beautiful colours.
  • Buy some and enjoy!

Pink Stock flowers with raffia

Have a Great Floral Day!

I'll see you later in the week with more DIY flowers from 
'Of Spring and Summer'.

~ xoxo ~


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HWIT BLOGG said...

Åhh jag kan känna doften Ingrid...älskar den blomman!
Ha en glad vecka!
Kram Titti

Anonymous said...

Nice, Ingrid!
The second pfoto: beautiful!

With love, Gerry

Frances said...

Ingrid, there is so much good advice in this post for all of us who'd like to give Stock a try, but don't yet know how to emphasize its potential.

I particularly liked your reason for eliminating leaves so that the flowers can thrive.


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