All About Roses | Mother of Pearl Hand Bouquet // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design
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ALL ABOUT ROSES

Well hello, everyone! It’s been a week since my last blog post — I took the long weekend off from blogging to enjoy some quality rest and relaxation — and it was absolutely fantastic! I headed to the mountains on Saturday for a peaceful drive, a much needed massage at my favourite spa and an incredible meal. I also slept in, caught up on some housework, read a book and generally just enjoyed a slow, semi unplugged weekend without my camera (yep, still working on that balance thing we talked about!) How did you spend your long weekend?

This week I’m back at it — feeling refreshed, renewed and so excited to bring you another collaborative post in our ALL ABOUT series where Rebecca Dawn Design and I team up to educate you about everything you’ve ever wanted to know to know about a certain flower! In honour of love month, it’s been All About Roses here at JustineCelina and today we’re reintroducing you to February’s quintessential bloom, the rose. Learn about common and unique varieties, what to look for when purchasing roses, as well as how to care for and condition them so you can enjoy them for up to 14 days. Rebecca also shares her secret weapon for reviving droopy roses — you’re not going to want to miss it! There’s so much pretty in store for you today (did you know flowers are one of my favourite things to photograph?) as we take a closer look at Vendela, Quick Sand, Mother of Pearl, Cappuccino, Precious Moments and Roseberry rose varieties.


ALL ABOUT ROSES


All About Roses | A Single Quicksand Rose // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design

I’ve been waiting since last spring when Rebecca and I first started working together (can you believe it’s almost been a full year?!) to bring this All About Roses posts to you this month! February has been all about celebrating, sharing and spreading the love here at JustineCelina and I couldn’t think of a more perfect flower to express the sentiment than the rose. Rebecca and I are overjoyed to share these gorgeous roses with you today and bring a healthy dose of pretty to your screens!

All About Roses | Romantic Rose Ombre // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design

While there are over 100 species and approximately 13,000 identifiable varieties of roses throughout the world, we’ve chosen 6 of our favourite varieties for today’s post. Each rose species varies in colour, shape and size — however, all but one rose species have 5 petals making them the world’s most iconic and instantly identifiable flower!


GENERAL ROSE INFORMATION


All About Roses | Quicksand Rose Bouquet // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design
Alternate Names & Meanings

The word “rose” is French, but originates from the Latin word, “rosa”. When used in terms of endearment, rosa means “love”.

Roses are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales and family Rosaceae.

All About Roses | A Single Precious Moments Rose // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design

History

All roses were originally wild. Today they grow in several parts of the world including North America, Europe, northwest Africa as well as many parts of Asia and Oceania.

In Greek Mythology, Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love) is said to have created the rose from the tears she cried over the blood of her beloved, Adonis. The Romans turned Aphrodite into their goddess Venus, who also adopted the rose as significant.

One of the oldest rose fossils discovered in Colorado dates back from 35 million years ago! The world’s oldest living rose bush (believed to be approximately 1,000 years old) grows alongside Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany.

All About Roses | Romantic Rose Ombre // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design

Colours & Varieties Available

Roses are available in almost every colour and shade imaginable — you’ve seen many of them here at JustineCelina! Each colour of the rose possesses a special symbolic meaning. Red roses are a symbol of love, yellow of friendship, orange of enthusiasm, white of purity, pink of joy, burgundy of beauty and violet of royalty.

All About Roses | Quicksand Rose Bouquet // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design

In Season

Year round

All About Roses | Mother of Pearl Hand Bouquet // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design

Vase Life

Rose life is dependent on many factors including rose type, growing method and their time in transit. Cut roses live between 5 and 14 days.

All About Roses | Romantic Rose Ombre // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design

Purchasing Tips

When purchasing prearranged flowers, inspect the bouquet closely. The petals on each rose should be vibrant in colour and free from wilting or brown edges, both of which indicate age.

To check rose freshness, gently squeeze a few of the flower heads near the base where the petals meet the sepals. An older rose has a soft base and tired-looking petals, while a fresh rose has a firm base and tighter, crisp-looking petals. Fresh roses will have a longer life span.

Avoid purchasing any roses that are still tightly wrapped as they may never fully open. Known as a bullet, rose heads that are still very closed at purchase stand a good chance of staying that way. Instead of blooming, they may simply lose their outer petals and die.

The ideal time to purchase roses is when the flowers are slightly opened, not completely opened. If a rose has fully blossomed, it has already reached the peak of its lifespan and will not last a full 14 days. The petals should be a bit loose at the top of the rose head, which allows you to see that the rose has a decent chance of flowering.

Always ask the florist when they received the rose shipment. Knowing when the flowers arrived can help you determine how old they are and how long they have to live.

All About Roses | A Single Mother of Pearl Rose // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design

Did You Know?

We usually call the sharp spikes on the stem of a rose bush thorns, but they’re technically prickles. Their hook-like structure facilitates bonding to other plants and protects stem from herbivores.

Rose hips (the fruit of the rose plant) contain high amounts of vitamin C as well as trace amounts of vitamins A and B. Rose hips are considered one of the richest plant sources of vitamin C. They grow wild here in Alberta (it is wild rose country!) — Rebecca and I incorporated foraged rose hips in our Foraged Prairie Wildflower Bouquet this past summer.

All About Roses | Quicksand Rose Bouquet // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design


FEATURED ROSE VARIETIES


All About Roses | How to Idenitify and Care for Roses // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design


 — Rose varieties top to bottom —


1. Roseberry

2. Precious Moments

3. Cappuccino

4. Quicksand

5. Mother of Pearl

6. Vandela


ROSE CARE AND CONDITIONING TIPS


Don’t let the beauty fade! Pamper your roses and they’ll last for up to 14 days. Utilize Rebecca’s expert tips to maximize the life of your roses:

All About Roses | Mother of Pearl Hand Bouquet // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design

1. Use a pair of garden shears or a kitchen knife to cut the bottom 1/2 inch off of each rose stem at a 45 degree angle.

2. Snip off any leaves or flower parts that will fall below the lip of the vase. The only things that should be inside the vase are the rose stems and water.

3. Place the roses in a vase of cold water. For optimal rose life, change the water and trim the stems as described in Step 1 every few days.
Tip: Trimming rose stems every couple of days will help the roses take in water more effectively.

4. Add flower food to the water. Commercial flower food will provide nutrients the roses need to stay fresh for a longer period of time.
Tip: Ask for a few packets of flower food when you buy roses at the flower shop.

5. Set the vase of roses out of direct sunlight and away from heating vents or radiators.
Tip: Roses are delicate — they wilt and die very quickly if subject to heat.

All About Roses | Romantic Rose Ombre // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design


HOW TO REVIVE DROOPY ROSES


Are your rose heads drooping? Not to worry — Rebecca to the rescue! Follow these 4 simple steps to revive droopy rose heads:

All About Roses | How to Revive Droopy Roses // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design

1. Fill a container large enough to hold your roses with warm water.

2. Cut the tip of the stem of each rose and immerse the droopy roses completely in the warm bath. In order for the roses to stay under water, you may need to use a weighted object to keep them submerged.

3. Leave the roses in their warm bath for 30 minutes to a maximum of 2 hours, until the heads begin to straighten out.

4. Dry the roses carefully and place them in a clean vase with cold water.

And volia — revived roses!

All About Roses | Quicksand Rose Bouquet // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design


LEARN MORE ABOUT SPRING FLOWERS


All About Tulips

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DIGITAL BLOOMS FEBRUARY 2017 | Free Desktop Wallpapers + Choosing to Spread Love | Design 2 // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design

If you’re craving more roses, you can download 3 free wallpapers for your digital devices inspired by these gorgeous roses in the special Love Edition of Digital Blooms!


All About Roses | Mother of Pearl Hand Bouquet // JustineCelina.com x Rebecca Dawn Design

We hope you enjoyed the latest installment in our FLOWER EDUCATION series and learned something new today! Rebecca and I are working together to bring lots of fresh flower content to JustineCelina this spring — so if you have any flower related questions, feel free to leave us a comment and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request in an upcoming post. Thanks for stopping by today to learn All About Roses!


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  • Reply Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs February 24, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I love this series so much! I rarely buy roses but have always grown them, and they almost always die immediately when I try to bring a few inside. And Hildesheim is in my state, I’ll have to visit now! White roses are my all time favourite after wild roses, those Vandela and Quicksand varieties are beautiful.

    • Reply Justine February 24, 2017 at 10:41 am

      I was hoping you’d stop by for this one, Alexandra! I would absolutely LOVE to grow my own roses one day (unfortunately my small inner city balcony doesn’t allow for it!). 🙂 If you do visit the Hildesheim Cathedral let me know if you can find the rose bush — it would be so amazing to see in person! Have a fantastic weekend.

  • Reply Colleen Milne February 24, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Justine, beautiful photos, as usual, and such an informative post. Years ago I bought a house that came with a large rose garden, and the amount of maintenance made me swear off growing roses for life. But I still love them in a vase. Now I need to drop some hints… 🙂

    • Reply Justine February 24, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much, Colleen! Maybe just leave this post open in your browser this weekend… 😉

  • Reply Amanda (Peppers & Pennies) February 24, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Beyond the fact that I found my new favourite rose (hellloooooo Quicksand!) I am very thankful to have these tips to increase the beauty time of roses. I love flowers, but always shy away from picking-up roses and their bloom never lasts. I honestly never thought of the placement of the vase before or the fact to use warm water so I will be book marking this for my next bouquet!

    • Reply Justine February 24, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Aren’t those Quicksand roses stunning? I tried to capture their beauty the best I could, but honestly these photos really don’t do them justice. In person they’re the most elegant shade of greyed taupe with hint of lilac. 🙂 I hope these tips help to prolong the life of your next bouquet. Have a fabulous weekend, doll!

  • Reply Sean February 24, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Have you ever heard of the giant rosebush in Tombstone Arizona? I haven’t seen it in person myself, but it certainly seems like something that a true rose lover would enjoy – the plant covers 9000 square feet and has a trunk with a 12 foot diameter!

    I like roses, but I’ve always found myself gravitating more towards less common flowers (including Ranunculus, which I know you love, and which certainly has a certain rose-like appearance). That being said, I’ve always adored them for their scent, and for the fact that they remind me of so many amazing foods. The family Rosaceae includes so many incredible foods, including apples, stonefruit, strawberries, and more. Tasty family. Heck, roses themselves produce some pretty delicious food, from the hips to the flowers. In any case, this is a love feature, and you’ve got some truly gorgeous selections in this collection (as many others have said, that Quicksand rose is spectacular). I must say though, and perhaps this is my Albertan upbringing shining through, but I’ll always have a special fondness for the single-flowering wild roses. Regardless, thank you for opening me up to such a wonderful bloom again. I’m happy to see you both coming up on one year of collaboration – I’ve very much enjoyed everything you’ve done. Here’s to more blooms in the future.

    • Reply Justine February 25, 2017 at 9:43 am

      I haven’t done much traveling in Arizona, although I would love to visit again sometime soon — and that giant rosebush in Tombstone is on my list! That sounds incredible, I can’t even imagine the scale of it!

      I’m with you on generally preferring more unique flower varieties but I have to say I’m a sucker for the classics sometimes. 🙂 Roses are one of Rebecca’s favourite blooms so we were excited to bring a rose themed educational post to JustineCelina this year — I’m glad you enjoyed it, Sean!

      I just poured myself a fresh coffee and I’m off to Diversivore now to see what you’ve been up to lately. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Hilary February 25, 2017 at 6:51 am

    What a fun and interesting post! I would have never thought to immerse wilted roses in a warm water bath. Will have to give it a try next time 🙂

    • Reply Justine February 25, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Thanks, Hilary! It was a lot of fun to put together — Rebecca is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to flower tips and tricks. I still learn SO much everytime we work together. 😉 You’ll have to report back to let us know how your roses liked their bath!

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  • Reply MizzJ March 5, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    It’s great to know all these tips and man I just want to download every image here as they’re all so gorgeous! I always think of roses as too basic, but they are so loved for a reason!

    • Reply Justine March 6, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by to learn more about roses, JoJo — I’m glad you found the post helpful! I must admit that I too forgot about the sheer beauty the rose until Rebecca and I worked on this post together. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your week!

  • Reply Flowers March 31, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    What an incredible guide to roses! The photos you’ve used are absolutely stunning as well – are these your own images? They’re breath taking. Either way, thank you so much for such a great post, definitely bookmarked for when June rolls around!

    • Reply Justine April 1, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Hi there! Thank you so much. Yes, I create all the images you see here myself — unless otherwise noted. My friend Rebecca and I have been creating flower content together for a year here at JustineCelina — I’m so glad you found the post helpful! Have a great weekend.

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