Lasting Valentine Roses

first_imgHer face lit up at the sight of the beautiful roses you gave her for Valentine’s Day.But how’s she going to make them last?University of Georgia extension horticulturist Paul Thomas said it’s not hard to keep yourroses looking great.”Clean water and vases are important to prolonging the life of cut flowers,”he said. “Wash vases often, because microorganisms remaining in unclean vasesmultiply quickly.”Thomas said changing cut-flower solutions once a day and cutting one-fourth of an inchoff the stems in a bowl of water prevents molds and fungi from clogging up the stem. “It’s important to use sharp scissors,” he said. “Blunt ones will clogup the stem even more.”Treating the water in the vase can prolong your arrangement’s freshness. “Add fouror five tablespoons of sugar per gallon of water, or add floral preservatives availablefrom your florist,” he said. “Use preservatives according to the instructions.Too high a concentration may be harmful to the flowers.”Preventing the flowers from drying out is important, too.”Flowers retain a fresh appearance much longer when the air humidity is relativelyhigh,” he said. “If they’re kept in a room with dry air, they should be mistedwith water once a day or every other day. Putting the arrangement in the refrigerator atnight will prolong its life, too, if the fridge contains 10 percent to 15 percenthumidity.”Thomas said keeping the flowers out of direct sunlight or drafts of warm or cold airkeeps them from being dried out.UGA extension horticulturist Gary Wade saidsagging roses can be perked up.”When cut roses begin to droop or wilt, submerge the entire flower into a flat panof warm water,” he said. “Gently straighten the heads and cut off the stems,while under water, two inches from the ends. Allow the roses to stay two hours in thewater to revive.”Once a flower dies, however, it’s best to remove it from the bunch.”Dead flowers produce ethylene that kills other flowers rapidly,” Thomassaid. “Also, remove unnecessary foliage below the water level, because it decayseasily.”Wade said some of the quality and freshness of roses may be lost in theirtransportation.”Roses sold in Georgia are imported from South America,” he said. “TheGeorgia climate is too hot, and the heat makes for a high incidence of disease.”last_img read more

Taylor Ward spent most of his time in left field before returning to Angels

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Ward said he doesn’t have a preference.“Any place that can get me in the lineup, I don’t mind, but left field isn’t bad,” he said.Ward also conceded that it’s good for him mentally to get some time away from third, where he had a rough time in spring training and during his brief big league exposure this year.“Anytime I get away from third and come back, it does feel easier,” he said. “I can just kind of relax and separate it a little bit.”The Angels created a spot for Ward by sending down José Suarez after he pitched on Sunday. They wanted to have an extra position player before playing a game in a National League park. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros CHICAGO — Taylor Ward returned to the Angels on Monday and was in the starting lineup at third base, a position he hasn’t played much lately.Ward got a start at third at Triple-A on Saturday, but otherwise had only started in left field and at DH ever since he returned to Salt Lake after being with the Angels in early May in Mexico.Manager Brad Ausmus said the organization hasn’t necessarily shifted their preference for Ward’s potential role. He was a catcher until 2018, when he became a third baseman. While he still has room to improve at third, he’s added first base and left field this year.“I think they are trying to make him versatile, so he can play a number of positions, mostly left field and third,” Ausmus said Monday. Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOOKING WAY AHEADShohei Ohtani’s first time on the roster for a game in a National League park this year begged the question of what Ausmus would do with him if he was scheduled to pitch in an NL park next year.Ohtani obviously can’t DH, so they get the most use out of him if he’s pitching and hitting. The tough part is that once he comes out of the game as a pitcher, he is also out as a hitter, so that is a consideration when deciding where to put him in the batting order.“I haven’t thought about it because I don’t have to worry about it this year, but that’s a good question,” Ausmus said. “That’s something I’d have to think about.”FREQUENT FLIER STATUSThe Angels played in Chicago on Monday after playing on Sunday in Seattle. By the time they fly back home to Orange County on Tuesday, they will have traveled 3,462 miles, the third-most by a team in a three-day span in MLB history (when playing a game each day).ALSOThe Angels reinstated Michael Hermosillo from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A. In order to create a spot for Hermosillo on the 40-man roster, they designated right-hander John Curtiss for assignment.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning, 2-1, 3.06) vs. A’s (RHP Frankie Montas, 6-2, 2.81), 7 p.m., Fox Sports West Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more