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March 14, 2017

I hope you’re ready for some fabulous + flowery inspiration… because I’ve got it for you! This month, our FiftyFlowers Flower Power feature is all about the gorgeous garden rose! This romantic bloom has risen in popularity over the past few years mainly because they’re less expensive and more readily available than everyone’s favorite; the peony. But these beauties fall second to no leafy blossom, as their color range is extensive and they smell better too! Each month we’re featuring a specific, popular wedding flower, sharing important tips and information that all DIY brides will find valuable if incorporating said blooms into their events. Whether you’re arranging your own bridal shower flowers or creating your own wedding bouquets, you’ll want to keep an eye out for these new posts!

These are the best wedding flower tips about garden roses!These are the best wedding flower tips about garden roses!

Fifty Flowers

For those who might not know, FiftyFlowers is an online flower wholesaler who ships gorgeous flowers to your doorstep, straight from their partner farms. Their customer service is outstanding and I know that you’ll have an extraordinary experience with them, no matter if you’re ordering flowers for your entire wedding or just a few bunches for your bridal shower. You can shop their website just like you would a flower mart, even scheduling your delivery time with just a few clicks – it’s awesome. I absolutely love that at any time, no matter what shoot or event I need flowers for, I can visit their site, shop and the flowers magically arrive at my door. Basically, they are the Nordstrom of online flower sales!

Gorgeous wedding ring shot in the middle of a stunning garden rose!These are the best wedding flower tips about garden roses!

Flower Availability:

I’m super excited to share that almost all types and colors of garden rose are available year round. That’s right, year round! No worrying about seasonality or farm location with these blooms!

In this post, I’m featuring the Whimsical Garden Rose Sample Pack in True White, White Blush and Blush Pink, the Cabbage Garden Rose Romantic in Antique Pink, and the Eucalyptus Wedding DIY Greenery Box. Aren’t they all just so stunning!?

Farm To Vase Prep:

Your bulk Garden Roses will arrive in a large box, protected by cardboard, plastic, and possibly foam. They will be looking a little sleepy and thirsty which is totally normal. Take note of the key points below to ensure proper rehydration and care of these gorgeous flowers.

Recommended Delivery Date: 3 days before your event.

How to take care of garden roses delivered from FiftyFlowers!

Rehydration Steps:

  • Fill vases/containers with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water.
  • Add floral food to prevent bacteria from forming in the water and to give added nutrients to the roses. If you do not have flower food, it can be purchased from any local florist.
  • DO NOT REMOVE THE CARDBOARD. Keep the cardboard sleeve on the roses for about 4-12 hours while they hydrate, allowing them to fully regain their strength before unpacking.
  • Cut the bottom of stems diagonally approximately an inch from bottom under running water with sharp scissors or knife. This will create a fresh surface to absorb water.
  • Remove any leaves that will fall below the water line. If you don’t remove the leaves they can cause extra bacteria to grow that will harm the roses.
  • Immediately after cutting, place the bunch in the prepared water and let them rest away from sunlight, drafts and excessive heat for 4-12 hours.

Prep For Arranging:

  • Remove all the packaging and give the roses room to breathe.
  • Carefully remove the leaves and thorns from each stem. You can simply pull the leaves off in a downward motion, but the thorns you’ll need to cut, or you can get fancy and remove them with this rose thorn stripping tool.
  • Next, remove the guard petals that might look dried, discolored or floppy. It’s normal to remove 5-7 of these outer petals.
  • Place them in a large vase with fresh water away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat to let them fully bloom.
  • It could take 24-48 hours for the roses to fully open and reveal their beauty. To speed up the process you can put them in open shade near a window or in fresh warm water.
  • Change the water every day to keep them as fresh as possible!

Click here to see this entire process in video form!

How to take care of garden roses delivered from FiftyFlowers!How to take care of garden roses delivered from FiftyFlowers!

Arranging Tips:

  • It seems like a no-brainer, but if you’re creating a bouquet with roses make sure to remove ALL the thorns! No bride or bridesmaid needs to prick her finger on the wedding day!
  • Garden rose bouquets should be kept in water as much as possible before the ceremony and even after. A great additional decor idea is to display bridesmaid bouquets in vases around your reception or at the head table.
  • Use floral foam to keep your roses in place when using them for centerpieces. This is a must use for creating sculpted centerpieces in wide mouth vases/jars. Soak the foam for 15 minutes before cutting it to fit the container.
  • Garden roses can be used for boutonnieres but you’ll need to wire the head to ensure stability. Here is a simple YouTube video on how to wire and make a rose boutonniere.

How to take care of garden roses delivered from FiftyFlowers!How to take care of garden roses delivered from FiftyFlowers!

Pairs Well With:

Garden Roses are one of FiftyFlowers most popular blooms! They work perfectly for romantic garden themed events, or chic and classic affairs, or rustic soirees… honestly, they are a terrific choice for any style of wedding! They pair wonderfully with Ranunculus, Tulips, and Astilbe for a super soft and romantic look, or you can combine them with Succulents, Astilbe and Seeded Eucalyptus for lots of fun and texture! As you can see from the pictures here, eucalyptus is a fabulous choice of greenery for garden roses. They are such show-stoppers that they also look terrific all on their own whether in bouquets or centerpieces.

How to take care of garden roses delivered from FiftyFlowers!How to take care of garden roses delivered from FiftyFlowers!

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