In a favorite film of mine, Enchanted April (watch it instantly on Netflix for a spring pick-me-up!),
the stuffy and annoying husband of one of the winter-weary British housewives chides her for the fresh flowers on the table: "Lottie, flowers are an extravagance of the most blatant kind" he says. I couldn't disagree more. I'm now wondering why I don't buy cheap little grocery store bouquets more often? These cherry blossom-colored roses have been bringing me cheer on the dining table for a whole week and they were just $6.99. That's cheap therapy if ever I saw it. To make your bouquet last even longer, strip all the leaves off the stems and cut them at an angle. Keeping the leaves out of the water cuts down on bacteria and improves vase life. Plunge them into cool water (not cold) and they'll last for a good week if not longer.