How to perk up nodding roses with a kind cut

ON THE HOME FRONT

February 11, 1996|By Elizabeth Large

Don't you hate to get roses for an occasion like Valentine's Day and have their heads droop before they even open? But wait -- don't discard them yet. According to Rick Boblitz, owner of the Rotunda Flower Market, you can often revive droopy roses if their water supply has been cut off by an air bubble in the stem. Cut the stems on the diagonal under water and put them directly into water to prevent the problem in the first place. To revive them, cut the stems again higher up. You can also try wrapping the roses in a piece of newspaper and soaking them in water for a while.

And speaking of roses, the American Institute of Floral Designers reports that many women prefer pastel roses, not red. Boyfriends, husbands and significant others: Keep that in mind for the 14th.

Interior design classes

If you've never had the confidence to be your own interior designer, this might just do the trick: A series of five classes at the Roland Park Country School Evening School will cover such topics as space planning, furniture selection and drapery design. Designers Robert Hale and Tom Williams of Hale/Williams Interiors Inc. will teach the classes, including one at their shop and a workshop to discuss students' projects. Beginning March 19, the classes will meet Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The fee is $65. Call (410) 323-5500.

Wallpaper designs wanted

Thibaut, the company that makes the Historic Homes of America wall coverings collection, is looking for designs to reproduce. You can submit samples or photographs of wallpaper and fabric dating from the 18th through the early 20th century for review. If yours is chosen for inclusion in the collection, you'll receive a room's worth of the reproduced wallpaper free. Samples and photographs should be sent by March 30 to the National Preservation Institute, 401 F St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, attention James C. Massey.

On the Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, On the Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Or fax to (410) 783-2519.

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