Setting goals and achieving them can be its own reward, but a little treat from time to time to keep you motivated sure doesn’t hurt. Whether you’re sticking to a diet, changing a bad habit into a healthy one or checking off your to-do list at an impressive rate, a fresh vase of freesias are a great way to congratulate yourself on a job well done. Low calorie, low maintenance and high impact, these graceful blooms will fill a room with a lovely fragrance that is rivaled only by the sweet smell of success and will be a pleasure to look at when you raise your nose from that grindstone. While the reward of reaching your goal is just on the horizon, treating yourself to these satisfying stems are a great way to mark the milestones of any challenging journey.
Freesias are originally native to Africa, but have become an important flower in the floral industry due to their elegant arrangement of funnel-shaped blooms that open upward along an arched and dainty stem. Each individual thumb-sized flower opens from the base to the tip, revealing buttery-rich colored petals and a distinctive scent that is both clean and intriguing. Soft gold, deep purple and pretty pink shades tend to give off a sweeter smell while the solid white ones are a bit more spicy, almost like black pepper. Arranged in a solid color or a mix of several different ones, these stems look spectacular on their own or mixed with purple irises or any variety of lilies.
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According to the language of flowers, freesias are said to symbolize perseverance and thoughtfulness. What better way to celebrate your determination towards reaching a goal than with several of these stems placed somewhere in your line of vision to look at when you need encouragement. While a little on the pricier side at $2-$3 a stem, florist will often sell these in a bunch at a better rate. Since most stems have more than one bloom on them, you can fill a vase for less than $10 that will last a week or more as each individual flower opens up from base to tip. To make freesias, and any other cut flower last a little longer, dump out the water in the vase every 3 to 4 days and add fresh, warm water. This simple technique can add many extra days to cut stems.
While you are out moving mountains, don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers. With freesias, you won’t need a reminder to do just that!