Small decorating projects can freshen up your home and be inexpensive.
With the abundance of fresh flowers this Spring, there is absolutely no excuse not to have beautiful floral bouquets throughout your home.
If you are arranging flowers yourself, there is just a little prep work. Once you have the cut flowers home from the florist (or from your own garden), it is best to cut the end of the stem once again to allow as much water to flow through the stem to the flower as possible.
It is recommended that you use a sharp blade knife to allow a clean cut. Scissors, while more comfortable and easy, can crush the tiny vessels that transport the water from the bottom of the stem to the bloom.
Your correct preference is to use a sharp knife both for cutting stems and removing leaves and thorns that fall below the water line.