Flower Guide – Roses

May 14, 2014, In: Floral, How-to

Some people grumble that roses have thorns;
I am grateful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr


Roses have long been a symbol of love and passion, the Greeks and Romans often associated roses with Aphrodite and Venus, the goddesses of love. In addition, each color rose has a more specific meaning. Red signifies enduring passion; white, innocence and purity; yellow, friendship and joy; pink, gratitude or appreciation; orange, desire and lavender, love at first sight.

There are so many lovely ways to display roses. My favorite, however, is in a bubble bowl.


You’ll want to follow all the same flower care tips and tricks that I laid out in the last guide, found here.

In addition, you’ll want to remove all of the thorns, leaves that fall below your water line, guard petals and any damaged petals from your roses.

I like to purchase my roses a few days in advanced and let them open up a little before I arrange with them.

When purchasing roses, the best way to tell if they are fresh is to give them a squeeze. They should be firm when you squeeze them, not soft. They should still be “tight, meaning mostly closed, and be sure to always check for broken heads and browning on the petals. Stay away from those!

Once you purchase your roses, get them into water as quickly as you can. Roses really shouldn’t be out of water for more than two hours. To extend the life of your roses, keep them away from any sources of heat and be sure to change the water every couple of days.

Here’s what you’ll need for this arrangement:

  • 5″ glass bubble bowl
  • 12 roses (40cm in length)
  • floral scissors
  • floral preservative and water

Begin by placing the roses at an angle all the way around the edge of your bubble bowl. Remember to cross your stems!


You’ll want to cut your stems about an inch longer for the next layer. Remember your going for a nice rounded form here. Place your stems in again at a slight angle and that’s it, your done!


A simple, but lovely way to arrange a dozen roses!


 Salute, Sharleen

  1. Beautiful, beautiful….I love flowers, especially roses. They always remind me of my Grandmother. Following you girls along now…Have wonderful weekend.

  2. Reply

    What a pretty arrangement! I love flowers, but I’m horrible at arranging them. This looks so easy:)

      • Sharleen
      • May 15, 2014

      Thanks Ginnie, it is easy, that’s probably why it’s one of my favorite ways to arrange flowers! Quick, easy and professional looking!

  3. Reply

    “Don’t buy me roses.
    Help me plant them,
    knowing I will be there
    to see them bloom.”

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