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June is Rose Month--Celebrate with Garden Roses
Care and handling tips for these gorgeous cut rose varieties.
There are many garden rose varieties available to the consumer. David Austin is the most common name associated with garden roses; though there are many other heirloom roses being grown around the world. Compared to traditional roses; garden or cabbage roses have a larger cup shaped bloom which opens to reveal many delicate ruffled or swirled petals, and in some types the full center of the rose, making them perfect for romantic floral designs. Garden roses will arrive in a more opened bud form, some may even have the centers slightly visible, this is so they can continue to bloom and show their stunning beauty once placed in a floral arrangement.
There are a few essential steps which will keep your garden roses looking beautiful. Roses should be removed from their packaging as soon as possible; this will allow the soft blooms to breath, preventing bacteria growth. Take extra care handling garden roses, as their blooms are more delicate than a regular rose. If handled roughly the petals my bruise and turn brown. The roses will be thirsty. Gently, remove the bottom inch of the stem with a sharp floral knife or shear. Be sure the new cut is at a sharp angle, this will allow the flowers to uptake water easily. Next, place them in a clean container filled with floral preservative and allow the flowers to drink one to two hours; ensuring the blossoms are fully hydrated and happy. With these easy steps fresh cut garden roses will open beautifully and fill the room with their intoxicating fragrance.
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