Joel Canfield noted: >>I'd forgotten this: cut the stems under running water, then >>get them into water quickly. Prevents air bubbles from getting >>into the stems and prevent uptake of water. "Aye ... and be suren keelhaul that thar stem on the kitty-korner-wise with a sharp cutlass. This avoids tearing the delicates and maximizimums their capacnicity fer hold'n their grog. Hardier fleurs kin ev'n be 'drowned'! Hold'n the ent'r fleur under the waters satnurnates the petals and the stem to ensure a longer lasting bounty fer yer beauty." Arrrrr, RonL.