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My Favorite Flower - Roses

Roses, roses and more roses. People often ask me, as a florist, what is my favorite flower. Hands down my favorite are roses. I love them! They come in so many wonderful colors, can be used in so many different ways. If kept in fresh water and a quick daily cut they can last a long time, and I love they way they burst open.

Recently a customer asked me what they should expect the vase life to be. This is a tricky question being some roses last longer than others. Certain varieties last longer than other. Just as there are differences in grades of meat, there are different grades of roses. Some roses are bred to be very fragrant but have a shorter vase life while others with little or no fragrance have a longer vase life.

There are many farms located all over the world that grow roses. Some grow hydroponically, some grow out in a field and other inside green houses. After years of ordering roses for the shop for both everyday orders and roses, you get a feel for what each farm produces.

For wedding work I love the pristine petals and color selection of a premium grower such as Eufloria Farms located in California. Check out their website at Their roses cost a bit more but for wedding work, it's worth the extra cost. I'm always thrilled when I see a close up picture of their roses, they are always perfect!!

The other reason I love roses is because of their high perceived value. When you send someone a vase of all roses, they may think you spent a fortune but truth be told, even from your local florist, roses are a modest priced flower. People are often surprised to find that a gerber can often cost much more and that a carnation can cost almost as much. The next time you think "roses are too common or cost too much!" think again. Roses are always a classic choice for both sending as gifts or to decorate for special occasions.

The next time you are tempted to pick up that bouquet from the supermarket, give a local florist a chance. There is a difference. Let us show you. They sell the chop meat and we sell the prime rib!!

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