Roses are the most popular flower sold around the world. They can signify love, friendship, death or a happy divorce. You name it and the rose has it covered.
Day in and day out people are buying someone roses.
It’s coming out party every year though happens on Valentine’s Day. And men love it. Other than where to buy them and what colour to get, it’s the one holiday there are NO decisions to be made.
Enter store, pick roses, deposit first born child at cash register, leave store.
Done and done.
So given their popularity, chances are you will be getting roses on Valentine’s Day.
I, on the other hand, will not. I made it a rule long ago that no roses were to enter this house on Valentine’s Day. I understand there’s a correlation between the cost of things and supply and demand and that’s the way the world of economics runs. But it angers me. So as nice a gesture as it is, I do NOT want roses.
You wanna do something romantic for me on Valentine’s Day? Cut your own toenails. How ’bout that?
So I get roses at other times of the year. Like the other day, 2 weeks before Valentines Day, I got roses. They were probably $15. On Valentine’s Day they will cost $172, three matching eyeballs and the bellybutton of an albino unicorn. But yeah. This week they’re $15.
While I love roses, I hate their stems. They have no grace, no bend, no movement. There is no whimsy in a rose stem. Only repetitive militant structure. It’s the Bikram Yoga of the flower world.
So I’ve taken to bending the rose stems. This has to be done carefully, but if you do it, you end up with a rose arrangement that has bend and interest.
Which is not to be confused with an interesting case of the bends.
Floral Wire or any 20 gauge or so wire.
The first step in any flower arrangement is to recut the bottom of your flower stems. Your best bet is to do it under water, but second best is to cut them with a sharp knife or scissors and immediately plunk them in water.
Once you do that you’re ready to start wiring your stems.
Cut a 12″ or so length of wire.
Pierce the base of the rose with the wire and push the wire right through to the other side. Carefully or your flower head will pop off.
Like one of mine did.
Now take one side of the wire and wrap it around the stem. Tightly but not so tightly you cut into the stem.
Finally take the other length of wire and wrap it around the stem in the opposite direction.
By the way … floral wire is green. This stuff I found in the bottom of my craft cupboard and it is not green.
Green will disappear when you do this. The stuff I found at the bottom of my craft cupboard does not.
Once all your roses are wired, gently bend them. You’re not going to be able to make something in the shape of a circular staircase out of them but you can create the look of movement.
Now, put them in your vase. If they need adjusting, adjust away. Depending on the number of roses you have and the size of the vase you might need to use mushed up chicken wire in your vase or tape criss crossed across of the vase to keep your stems in place.
If I had some I would have put some time of filler in the base.
Now granted. This isn’t the most beautiful arrangement I’ve ever made. What with not having anything other than roses. But if you were to incorporate this into an arrangement that has a few other things to help hide the stems you’d be lookin’ at a winner right now.
And if this were Valentine’s Day, you’d have a million dollar winner! And approximately 3 less internal organs.