Ladies, give your man a rose, Men...this gift is ALWAYS appreciated.
May 22, 2003
Review by Teri Blackburn Pell
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Inexpensive way to communicate feelings. Beautiful and expressive.
Cons:Not for special occasions! This is a wonderful everyday gift, though.
The Bottom Line: A wonderful, inexpensive way to say almost anything to almost anyone!
WHY AND WHEN?
Recommend this product?
I am writing this review because I think women should give more flowers to their men. I surprise my husband all the time with inexpensive gifts to show that I love him. A single rose, especially if delivered with an impromptu lunch at his job, or even after a quick trip to the store, is a touching way to reaffirm your love to someone. Men and women both should practice giving things of beauty to the ones that they love more frequently. These are the things that keep love alive and fresh.
A single rose, though, can be used to say many, many things. For example:
A yellow rose to a friend as a thank you for a small favors or just because!
A pink rose to a daughter for having good grades, her first date, her birthday, etc...all wonderful gifts.
A lavender or blue rose (some are natural, some are dyed) for your man.
A beautiful cream or white rose to apologize or to 'make up' after an argument with a loved one.
A mixed color rose (there are many beautiful red or pink tipped cream roses to chose from) for your mother.
Those are just a few ideas.
PICKING A ROSE:
When you pick out a rose, you should do so with the same discrimination you give a piece of fruit at the supermarket. You should always try to pick a bud, never a rose, because an opened rose will fade very quickly and die within a day or less. The stem appearance should be firm, no sagging rose on a droopy stem but a bud that stands with its bud pointing almost straight up. Feel the bud itself is it hard and packed, or does it have a soft, mushy middle? The firmer the rose bud, the fuller and fresher the rose will be when it opens. Here's a florist's tip for you. If you're looking for a rose but everything's been picked over already, go for one that looks ALMOST perfect. By ALMOST perfect, I mean it may have a firm bud but maybe it has a few brown-tipped petals on the outside, or 3 or 4 petals are starting to open already, even thought the bud itself is firm. Pluck off the 3 or 4 petals that are opened or imperfect and there you will have a perfect rose bud again. Remember, the most important thing, though, is a firm, full bud.
KEEPING IT FRESH LONGER:
There are a lot of things that you can do to make your rose last longer. If you are buying your rose a day or so in advance, keep it in water in the refrigerator until you plan to give it to the recipient. Many stores that sell roses will provide you a (either for a small fee or even for free) with a packet of 'preserving powder' to add to your flower's water. Here are some other ways you can use to make the beauty of your rose last even longer:
1. Cut the stem with a sharp knife at an angle under tepid to lukewarm water.
2. Remove any leaves that would be submerged below the water line.
3. Change the water every day and replace with fresh water that is at room temperature.
4. Keep the roses in a cool place and out of direct sunlight.
5. Add ONE of the following ingredients to your flower's water (some experts disagree on the most helpful additives, so I'll list all I'm aware of):
a single, non-coated white aspirin
a teaspoon of white sugar
equal parts water and lemon-lime carbonated soda
a capful of bleach (this isn't as necessary if you will be changing water daily.)
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