I kill plants. I try to work on my green thumb, and I have a ton of appreciation for all things foliage…but I still can’t keep flowers alive. So while I weep a little inside when my beautiful cut flowers keel over within days, or our landscapers confuse my lemon tree for a weed and MOW it (this.happened.in.real.life), I have found victory through strife. That victory is decorating with eucalyptus.
There is nothing better than the smell of eucalyptus, so I try to add sprigs of it pretty much everywhere. Plus, it’s a very minimal plant, so it helps soften the crazy amount of white I have going on in my house. A little clolor never hurt nobody, after all.
When you use eucalyptus in a vase, it will last up to a month depending on its freshness and care. Just don’t forget to remove the leaves below the water line and re-cut the stem to get those most from this forgiving, fragrant and resilient beauty.
Also, if you want to preserve your eucalyptus (and who wouldn’t?) here is a great guide from The Merrythought. It’s pretty simple: Bring water to a boil, you will need 2 parts boiling water, to 1 part vegetable glycerin. Combine the boiling water with the glycerin and stir until the glycerin has dissolved into the water. Pour the mixture in your vase/jar, allow to cool slightly, and add the eucalyptus branches.