An unusual treatment of a â€œcommonâ€ flower can jar the senses in a positive manner. Take red roses, for instance. Almost always delivered by the dozen, red roses with the longest stems are considered the most premium and thus the most expensive. This bias is so pronounced that growers are now resorting to all types of methods to extend the length of the stem (and ensure they are ramrod straight to boot) before the bloom matures. During the crazed Valentines season, perhaps 98% of crazed husbands, partners, suitors who send roses pick red ones, ignoring hundreds of other spectacular shades and varieties of this stunning flower. The entire planet has geared up to provide several tens of millions of red roses for one ridiculous greeting card holiday. My favorite scene in the movie The Addams Family is when Morticia (played by Angelica Huston) is filmed preparing her floral arrangement and she is snipping off the rose heads and putting the thorny stems in a vaseâ€¦
The first time I heard about someone snipping off and using just the blooms en masse was when a little known American florist named Jeff Leatham took over the floral displays as the Georg V Hotel (Four Seasons) in Paris. In his first few months there he made such a stunning impression on an otherwise jaded Parisian design scene that people used to flock to the hotel to see what he was up to that week. This is all just a long introduction to my Version 2.0 of rose giftsâ€¦ My daughter needed to give a present last Friday and wanted it to be red roses. I rummaged around my floral supplies area and dug out a terrific basket made out of branches and which was lined with a coir-like material. Perfect. I am very proud to say this was a recycled vessel. Very politically and environmentally correct. And I donâ€™t re-use if I wouldnâ€™t want to receive it myself. So into this vessel I put about two blocks of Oasis floral foam soaked in water and flower food.
Next, I picked 40 of the best roses from several bunches of the LONGEST stem roses I had purchased at Dimasalang and just snipped off the blooms, leaving 3-4 inches of stem (no leaves) so that it could drink up water. Some of you are probably scratching your head saying “duhh, why didn’t he just buy short stemmed roses?” and the answer to that is that the longest stem roses at Dimasalang are only about 18 inches and they do tend to have the biggest blooms! I arranged the 40 blooms in a relatively linear manner and these photos show you the results. I spritzed the flowers with cool water to hydrate the petals. Wrapped up in waterproof cellophane, the arrangement was unusual and stunning. It was also very simple to make.