Why Do We Ask For “Long-Stem Roses” Anyways?????

With Valentine’s Day just one week away, many men are trying to find a gift for their “insert cute nickname here.” (Well, let’s be honest, they might not be scrambling for a gift until February 13th). What is the best way to say “I love you”?

Mystery chocolates in a heart-shaped box?

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Chalk flavored candies, stamped with messages like “Fax me” and “LOL”?

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Many guys will settle on the most classic Valentine’s day gift – one dozen long-stem roses. Reds, pinks, novelty colors. It’s a beautiful gesture that any gal would be happy to receive.

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But why do we request “long-stem roses”? It’s a question I’ve heard thousands of times when placing an order – Do we really know why we are asking?

Many would agree that the most treasured part of a plant is the flowering blossom – the gorgeous colors, the lovely petals, the wonderful scent. The stem is really there for logistical purposes – to support the beautiful flower. A short, scrawny stem produces a smaller flower. Obviously you want to send your lady the biggest, most beautiful roses, and therefore you need a thick, tall stem to support it.

The difference can be seen in these photos. The first photo shows a 40cm red Freedom rose with a small, tight head, and fewer petals:

 

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The second photo shows a 70cm red Freedom rose with a large head and bountiful petals:

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Long-stem roses will generally have larger heads and more petals.  Your gal will be sure to appreciate the difference!

 

 

 

 

Jazz Up Your Suit With a Creative Bout!

 

The term “boutonnière” comes from the French for “button hole.” Originally, flowers were worn in the button hole of a man’s suit jacket.

Fred Astaire dons a classic white carnation boutonniere.

Fred Astaire dons a classic white carnation boutonniere.

Nowadays, men use boutonnières to adorn their finest duds, placed right above their heart on the left lapel. It should complement the colors of your suit, and spice up your overall look!

The modern groom, wearing a tuxedo accented by a fiddlehead fern and hypericum berry bout.

The modern groom, wearing a tuxedo accented by a fiddlehead fern and hypericum berry bout.

 

Contemporary brides have moved away from the traditional white carnation boutonnière. Brides are looking for creative, fun, and colorful bouts to spice up their loved one’s suit. Unusual flowers and funky details are what make modern bouts so special. Here are some examples of this sweet-smelling eye candy…

Bright colors draw attention, and funky accents like brunia help  to differentiate this bout.

A bright pink anemone draws attention, and funky accents like silver brunia help to differentiate this boutonniere from the rest.

A gorgeous blue anemone will complement any man's complexion, and the hot pink waxflower makes the color pop.

A gorgeous blue anemone will complement any man’s complexion, and the hot pink waxflower makes the color pop.

Pairing this miniature calla lily with dusty miller leaves adds vibrant color and texture.

Pairing this miniature calla lily with dusty miller adds vibrant color and texture.

Take conventional baby's breath up a notch by clustering it with some seasonal greens for a rustic wintery look.

Take conventional baby’s breath up a notch by clustering it with seasonal greens, burlap, and twine for a rustic wintery look.

A small succelent, accented with a magnolia leaf makes for a simple, yet stunning, boutonniere.

A small succulent accented with magnolia leaves makes for a simple, yet stunning, boutonniere.

 

A Summer Wedding in Bluemont, VA

Step away from the winter chill of December to remember the love and warmth of an August wedding in Bluemont, Virginia…

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Justus & Amanda were married at Whitehall Manor  last year, and I was honored to create the flowers for this gorgeous summer wedding. One of my favorite details of their ceremony and reception site was the beautiful swing. This bench swing hung from a tree near the house, and I added bright pink flowers and greenery to accent the ropes. This provided a breathtaking area in which to take photos!

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