I love fresh flowers and buy carnations every two weeks, carnations last for a very long time. Since I usually get two large sprays from Costco, there are a lot of stems to cut, and to throw away.
While cutting the stems over the kitchen sink, I collect the tips. Then when I am finished, I just scoop the stems in which the flowers came. I am cautious of what I throw in the garbage disposal. Then I can just add the stems to the compost pile or toss them neatly.
This will not win me any prizes, but it sure makes my flower arranging easier!
By Christine from Sterling, Virginia