In a Vase on Monday: Sink or Swim

I now know that Cosmos do not float well!

With very short and curvy stems it was impossible to get these Cosmos and Scabiosa to stand up in a vase, so I decided to try floating them… well, the Scabiosa and pale blue Didiscus, along with a Clematis seed head, all floated nicely, but the Cosmos submerged almost immediately.

Nevertheless, pretty for a day or two, and now I know!

Why not visit Cathy, who hosts this meme at Rambling in the Garden. Or even join in!


43 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Sink or Swim

  1. I don’t know why I never think of floating flowers – perhaps I will now that you’ve demonstrated how well many flowers respond to the treatment. How long will they last with their heads just above water I wonder? You’ll have to include a follow-up.

    • They actually look just the same 2 and a half days later Kris! The cosmos have gone a bit further underwater, but the others are lasting beautifully. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. How pretty, floating flowers look so special. I once had some floating candles but then after a short time of burning they sank with spluttering and sizzling.

  3. The photo doesn’t indicate how difficult it was to keep the Cosmos afloat, Cathy. They really look beautiful! floating in their little water bath! I must remember that floating is another good way to enjoy cut flowers. Cosmos are always so prolific in my garden, yet I rarely even think of them as cutting flowers, so you’ve stimulated thought here. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cosmos look lovely in a vase Debra, and last well too. But mine all seem to have several flowers and buds at one point making it hard to cut a stem. This was a good solution!

  4. I love the color assortment floating in the glass. As Debra says, I don’t often think to float flowers. So here is an idea though it may not be worth the trouble. What if you took a slice of wine cork, cut thinly, then cut in half and then placed it around the stem of the Cosmos? A bit like a lifesaver cut in half. The flower would rest on the cork and of course the cork wants to stay afloat. Use and repeat.

    Have a lovely week, Cathy.

  5. Life is all about learning! Plus you’ve shared your knowledge with us which is very valuable! and you can enjoy all the rest of the flowers floating in their lovely vase – so a success I’d say.

  6. What a beautiful idea, Cathy, and I’m glad most of them decided to stay alive ;). I’ve done the same to dahlias last year and was happy to see that it lasted a good few days. A very pretty bowl you’ve chosen for your treasures. Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The cosmos have more or less sunk, but still look pretty. The other flowers love being up to their necks in water and are still looking good 4 days later!

  7. Oh how pretty Cathy. Cosmos flowers can be inconsiderate when it comes to the stalk department. Well worth a go. I’ve only floated hellebore flowers before but have thought about experimenting. Your post will encourage me.

    • I found that the past couple of years my cosmos seem to have several buds all at the tip of a stalk, making picking and deadheading tricky. I think they look so dreamy floating, even if they are half-submerged! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. They’re lovely that way ๐Ÿ™‚ My Catharanthus tried to dip under the water immediately, but they’re lasting rather well in spite of it. Your dainty varieties are perfect in the crystal…

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