Flowering Facts – Caring for your cut roses…

long stem red rose– If you have cut roses but won’t be arranging them until later, get them into warm water as soon as possible.  Roses need hydration!
– Once you are ready to arrange your roses, always use a clean vase to prevent any bacteria from damaging the roses.
– Fill the vase ¾ full with warm water.  Warm water can be absorbed easier by the roses, allowing for the nutrients to reach the bloom quickly!
– Flower food is a key ingredient to helping your roses last longer.  Be sure to follow the directions on the package when adding the food to the water.  If you do not have any packaged flower food available, you can make your own using 3 teaspoons of non-diet lemon-lime soda and 1 teaspoon of bleach to one quart of warm water.
– Remove any foliage that would fall below the water line.  Leaves cause bacteria to grow in the water which will shorten the vase life of the roses.
– To cut your stems properly, you should hold the bottom of the roses under water and cut each stem at an angel, removing about an inch of stem.  It is best to cut the stems under water because this allows for the roses to start absorbing water immediately.
– For optimum vase life, repeat these steps every three days!

Keeping your roses looking beautiful…

  • Always avoid displaying your roses in direct sunlight and near any drafts
  • Keep your roses away from ripening fruit as these give off ethylene gas, which shortens the life of the cut flowers.
  • Gently remove any discolored or drooping petals.

If your roses wilt, they can be revived!

  • Submerge the entire roses under water, such as a sink or bathtub.  In about 30 minutes to an hour, the roses will have absorbed enough water to become replenished.  Before putting it back into the vase, remember to cut off one inch of the stem under water using a sharp knife or pair scissors.

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

Flowering Facts – The Meaning of Rose Colors

Colored Roses for ValentinesRed Love, Beauty, Courage, Respect, Romantic, Love, Congratulations, I Love You, Job Well Done, Sincere Love, Passion

Dark Red Unconscious beauty

White Purity, Innocence, Silence, Secrecy, Reverence, Humility, Youthfulness, Heavenly, Blissful

Red and White Given together, signifies unity

Pink & Dark Pink Appreciation, Thank you, Grace, Perfect, Happiness, Admiration, Gentleness,

Light Pink Admiration, Sympathy, Gladness, Joy, Sweetness, Charming

Yellow Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Delight, Promise of a new beginning, Welcome Back, Remember Me, Jealousy, I Care

Yellow with Red Tip Friendship, Falling in Love

Orange Desire, Enthusiasm & Fascination

Red and Yellow Given together, Jovial, Happy Feelings

Peach Appreciation, Closing the deal, Let’s get together, Sincerity, Gratitude

Pale Peach Modesty

Coral Desire, Aspiration, Wish for

Lavender Love at first sight, Enchantment

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

 

 

The Guy’s Guide to Buying Flowers at Valentine’s Day

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  1. Don’t forget!   Valentine’s Day is always on February 14th.  This year that falls on Tuesday.  Here’s a little memory trick…it’s 9 days after Super Bowl Sunday.  Put a reminder in your smart phone now!  Even easier…pay attention to the Super Bowl ads and notice the one featuring supermodel Adriana Lima.  I know you can do that!  It will be touting the services of one of the big, national marketers of flowers.  That will remind you to order flowers for your sweetheart.  Extra credit…when Adriana comes on, turn to your wife or sweetheart and say “hey, she looks kind of like you, but not as pretty”.
  2. Don’t order from the big, national marketer of flowers.   They are middlemen, so be strong and ignore the entreaties of Adriana.   You’ll get better, more personal service and lower prices from your local florist.
  3. Don’t send flowers in a box.  Another reason to buy from your local florist is so you can send a professionally designed arrangement in a vase.  The national marketer/middlemen may offer you flowers that will be sent overnight; but they will arrive in a box.  If your valentine loves to arrange her own flowers, and has the time and vase to do it, that’s fine.  But she’ll probably want her flowers to arrive ready enjoy.  And when you add all the extra charges when you send flowers in a box, you may not even save much money.
  4. Order early!  It also may save you some serious money, as many florists will increase prices prior to the holiday.   Other reasons… you may be able to secure a better delivery time, stores and phone lines won’t be as crowded.
  5. Have the flowers delivered early.  This may save you money on the delivery charge, and also get you the kind of recognition you want.  Florists will be swamped on Tuesday the 14th.  Your flowers will be the center of attention if you send it to her home on Saturday or Sunday, setting the mood for a romantic weekend, or to the office on Monday.  Florists deliver flowers in bud stage.  They generally open over 5 days or more, so they’ll be at their peak on the 14th.
  6. Consider colors other than red…  Red and white are certainly not the only romantic colors.  Show some style and creativity.  With roses in particular, there are many gorgeous varieties and colors.  Let your florist pick the nicest, freshest available.
  7. Consider products other than roses…  How about orchids flowers or an orchid plant?  Throw around terms “Phalaenopsis” and “dendrobium” and you’ll get instant respect.  Spring flowers like tulips, freesia and hyacinth are also abundant and beautiful this time of year.

Thanks for reading… www.fieldofflowers.com   1.800.963.7374  (1.800.96.FRESH)

You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

Flowering Facts: Roses and their colors…

Roses by the bunch in many colors at Field of Flowers

Roses have been present on earth for millions of years.  Montana and Oregon have some rose fossil records dating back some 35 million years.  The rose flower has the most complicated family tree of any known flower species and has over 30,000 varieties.

Historically, roses have been used in incredibly extravagant ways.  Cleopatra once received her beloved Marc Antony in a room literally knee deep in rose petals.  The Romans thought nothing of carpeting their huge banquet halls with rose petals.

The rose is a popular design theme for china, clothing, carpets, tapestries and more.  The rose inspires fashion, interior design, sculpture, architecture and music.  There are over 4,000 songs written about roses.

There is nothing quite like a vase of fresh roses.  Available in countless color tones, each cultivar has a personality of its’ own.  The variations in shape, size, petal count, fragrance, opening performance and stem length make each rose unique.

The language of roses is expressed in the different colors.  Love, affection, friendship, thankfulness, joy and other emotions are represented by rose colors.  Red roses show love, passion and respect.  Pink roses communicate happiness, appreciation, admiration, friendship and sympathy.  Light pink roses denote grace, joy and gentility.  Dark pink roses are to signify thankfulness.  Lavender symbolizes love at first sight and enchantment.  White roses signify spiritual love and purity. Yellow roses show care, friendship, joy and gladness.  Coral roses imply desire.  Peach roses indicate modesty.  Orange roses display enthusiasm, desire and fascination.

For an elegant and casual look, take a rectangular vase and cut roses so that the head is just above the top of the vase.  Use enough roses to create a full arrangement.  Insert bear grass to add interesting lines.  A grouping of three vases can be done.  Use other flowers in the same color tones or use different colors of roses for a stunning display.

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for your roses in a variety of colors by the bunch or in a designer created bouquet or rose arrangement.  In store…or we deliver flowers throughout South Florida.

(Note: This blog post, written by Donn F. Flipse, originally appeared as an article in Gold Coast Magazine)