Flowers are fickle. Even "sturdy" varieties like tulips, which you're liable to find everywhere this time of year, can start drooping long before the 10 days they're supposed to last.
Provided you've got a fresh batch to begin with -- and you really aren't a black thumb -- keeping tulips fresh is simple. Trim 1/4-inch from the base of the stems, make sure you've got the right vase and follow these three tips from Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten.
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