Thursday, January 20, 2011
It's all done for them- no more searching for a vase and the frustration of trying to make the roses look like they were professionally arranged.
There are interesting designs to suit all ages, styles, and budgets.
I have chosen just a dozen ways to show you the diversity of what is current in the world of floral design but there are countless ways to display beautiful roses ranging from a single rose to a luxuriant lush arrangement.
Red roses are often sent on Valentines but there are many new colours to choose from including roses with one colour on the front of the petals and another on the back. There are also striped roses and petals that are fringed with different colours.
Natural colours range from white to green to a deep red rose called Black Baccara and almost everything in between. Black Baccara is verging on Black velvet but not quite there yet.
Blue or deep purple roses are so far only available in dyed roses although growers have been trying for years to develop a blue rose and some are getting pretty close.
If you do want a specific novelty rose you should order it several weeks in advance but if you just want to try something different there is almost always a few unique roses to choose from other then the standard one coloured rose.
You will notice there is quite a range in price for roses. Many roses are grown in Columbia under unhealthy conditions for the workers caused by the over use of chemicals.Most of these workers are not provided with medical assistance for the illnesses they get on the job and are very poorly paid. Columbian roses are typically the roses you will find in most grocery stores.They do not last long and they are usually inexpensive.
Like many florists I only purchase my roses from Green Growers. The imported roses come from farms in Ecuador where they treat their workers with respect and provide them with medical coverage.
Rather than douse the roses with chemicals these farms use biological means of controlling insects whenever possible limiting pesticides to the very minimum if they use them at all.
These imported roses do cost more but they are also healthier for you and the environment and they last longer.
I also purchase good healthy roses from our local grower, Eurosa ,who use environmentally friendly methods of controlling pests .
The local roses do tend to be on the smaller side but they last a long time like the larger imported Ecuadorian roses.