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How Do I Make My Dozen Roses Look Right?

Friday, May 1st, 2009

When I first started to design flowers I often heard how designers had difficulty making a dozen roses look nice. That it was hard to keep the roses in place. But it is really very easy to do if you know a few simple basics.

1) First prepare the rose by taking off the bottom half of the leaves and popping off the thorns. Most people prefer the thorns off but as much as possible I leave the thorns on. This is because taking them off can leave open wounds and may allow microbial bacteria to enter and shorten the life of the flower.

2) Cut the rose stem slantwise under water (so they don’t get an air pocket that prevents them from drinking) and place in small bucket or vase that has warm water and flower food.

3) Make sure you have the right size vase. Too small and you’ll have them all standing up straight and it will look funny. Too big and you’ll have way too much space to fill in. This may sound common sense but believe me; all beginning designers have made this mistake.

There are two ways that I have found to be the best:

a) Fill a vase with water of the way full.

b) Take your greens (usually leather leaf) and start putting them in the vase starting from the outside all around and moving inward. The greens should be crisscrossing themselves. This gives a good stiff base for the roses to be able to stand without flopping.

a) Take a dry vase and clear floral tape. You can get this at a craft store and it is very sticky and water proof.

b) Use this tape at the top of the vase by making a grid. You should leave enough room to allow the stem and greens to pass through.

c) Fill the vase with water and flower food and start putting your greens in, same as before, start inserting from outside towards the inside stems crossing each other. The advantage to using the grid is you can use fewer greens.

d) Now you are ready to place the roses in.

In most floral designing you design from the outside inward. But for roses I prefer the opposite. I start with what I call the anchor rose. I take my longest stem and stick it right in the middle. If you have done your greening correctly, is should stand straight up. Place the next 4 roses in around the first rose but slightly shorter. Continue in this fashion until all roses have been placed. Now stand back and look at it to see if you need to make any adjustments. Then place in the filler of your choice such as baby’s breath. Finish with a bow and enjoy your creation.

There are many ways to place the roses but remember, keep it simple. Don’t make it complicated. There is a beautiful motivational print called Beauty-White Magnolia that says, ‘Appreciate Simplicity’. That’s my motto.


By: Willie Jones

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Willie Jones is a freelance writer, researcher, floral designer, and artist, for Art Inspires, Inc. Make sure you enroll in the free motivational poster drawing at

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Rose Flowers and Their Meanings Focus Around Love

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

The Rose – A Symbol Of Love

Romantic and delicate, the rose has been a symbol of love since we knew it existed. Rose’s fragility and splendor show within every petal spread on a wedding carpet…

meaning of roses

The rose has inspired people for generations; many people see the beauty of the rose as a symbol of love, its delicate petals as the caress of a loved one, its elegance is the touch of life itself.

The rose is a flower that has sparked the imagination and touched the hearts of so many people; there is no other flower that has been the highlight of a person’s day; the gift of love and happiness, bringing two people together, or the gift symbolizing the grief felt at the passing of somebody loved. The rose, this beautiful delicate flower is a flower more famous then any other in the whole world.

Most people just go to the store and pick up a bouquet, then they give it to the person it was intended for; but there are some people that grow those roses, there are some people that put a little bit of their soul in to each and every blossom, maybe you are one of those people, or maybe you want to be that person but you are not sure how to go about it.

The rose has been with us for a long time, the garden rose has been around for some 5000 years in fact, believe it or not. One of the first great growers of roses was the Roman Empire, they had huge gardens with nothing but roses in them, these roses were used for everything from medicine to making perfume. In the 15th century, we find the War of the Roses, where two different factions were symbolized by the white rose and the red rose; and it goes on all the way to modern times where the rose is a lot more then a fighting symbol or a medicine, these days the rose is beauty itself, a much wanted flower if you are planning on any type of a flower garden. A definite must!

When choosing the roses that you are going to plant in your garden make sure that you get the type of rose that will suit your purposes, do you want cutting roses or just something to make the garden beautiful? Do you have allergies or do you prefer the stronger perfume that some types of roses have?

Once you have made your choice make sure you plant them in a place that where they will get around six to eight hours of sunlight a day. The rose is a plant that loves to drink so give your plant small amounts of water at regular times during the week. Keep your rose pruned; just cut out the dead stuff every spring, you might also want to do some pruning to shape the plant, you know, just to keep it looking nice.

Keep the rose plant pruned and fertilized, just remember that when winter comes, stop fertilizing and such about one month before the first frost, it kind of puts the rose into shutdown mode.

The soil should be of a good quality, that means it needs to be able to drain well, roses do not like standing water around their roots, it may well provoke root rot. A good idea is to use compost around the plant and especially when winter is on the way, build up about an inch of extra soil around the base of the plant, this helps keep the plant warm enough during the winter and believe me the rose will love you for it!

It takes time and work to keep and raise roses but they are worth it because no other plant or flower gives so much back to you as the rose does!

The beauty that the rose has in its simple petals will last for a long time to come…because there will always be people that will love and cherish this simple flower.

In the past the rose was a symbol of war, of politics and so on….nowadays, the rose is the ultimate symbol of love, but not only that; a rose can be a little bit of a your heart given to another, such a small delicate flower but the meaning behind it can be enough to take your breath away.

By Claudia Miclaus
Published: 8/22/2007

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Tips On Caring For Roses–Best Ways on Preserving Roses

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Tips On Caring For Your Valentine’s Day Flowers
By: Gerry Belvedere

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought this would be a great time to share a few tips on caring for cut flowers.

Imagine it’s Valentine’s Day and you’ve just received a glorious bunch of roses. You put them in your best vase and you stand back to admire them. You’d love to make them last as long as you possibly can, but other than keeping them out of direct sunlight, you’re not sure what to do.

Here are some tips on how to extend the shelf life of your roses:

Remove the roses from the vase and put them in a temporary container.

Clean the vase by washing it thoroughly in water with household bleach.

Fill the vase with fresh water and add a half teaspoon of household bleach for each litre (16 fluid ounces) of water.

Remove your roses from their temporary container and lay them flat on a counter top.

Remove any leaves which will show below the waterline in the vase.

Cut about 20 mm (3/4 inch) from the base of each stem immediately before placing it in the vase. This removes any air bubbles.

Don’t place roses in drafts or direct sunlight, or near fruit, heaters, TVs or refrigerators.

Change the water daily to extend the vase life of your roses.

Freshly picked roses can last up to two weeks with a little extra care.


About The Author

© Gerry Belvedere

Gerry Belvedere is a former artist who now runs her own online florist service at Rosaflora delivers flowers Australia wide and overseas and offers tips on getting the most out of your cut flowers.


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Choosing The Right Roses and Caring For Roses

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Choosing The Right Roses

There are an extremely large number of rose varieties available at this time, most of these varieties are suitable to raise in your home garden. With so many different types to choose from deciding which roses to grow can seem more like a difficult task than a part of the fun of growing roses. By keeping just a few important factors in mind you can simplify this task and put the fun back into selecting your roses.

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