An aunt sent this beautiful bouquet to the hospital. As I was tidying for visitors today, I noticed that about half its blooms had already withered. I decided to recycle the still-sturdy stems into smaller vases to set around the house. You get the most impact by regrouping similar flowers or colors. Make a fresh cut on each stem to prolong its life, and strip away any soggy leaves which spoil the water faster. I like to add snips of potted ferns or garden greenery, too. It’s a good way to practice arranging flowers without having the pressure (and cost!) of a fresh bundle. I didn't have much time before the baby woke, but at least I'll get to enjoy the summer colors a few more days.