I've been cutting flowers from the garden, a few small vases full of orange Tithonias. In one I added the best pink Cosmos - there's only a few- and in another some seed stalks from the pokeweed. Looks nice. Remembered a trick my mom used to do- put a penny in the vase and something about the copper keeps the stems straight longer. Either that or they just siphoned up the water because a few days later still standing up bright.