Removing Guard Rose Petals

Here is a copy of the rose wedding bouquet that the bride fell in love with from the internet.  Look closely at the handle and you'll see how a true hand tied can turn rather into a unwieldy club to have to hold.  I skipped the gardenias, since this was a hot summer wedding and the bride planned to have photos taken outdoors.  It is a rather touchy flower that doesn't hold up well in the heat.

Note how I circled and counted the flowers needed and made notes at the bottom of the page.  This is the first step to creating a look that you see in a photograph. 

Obviously I plan to create that same look, except I'm going to use the bouquet holder in order to keep the flowers hydrated, the bouquet stem diameter smaller and easier to hold.

Popular wholesale flower sites have quality roses, but insist that you purchase roses in bulk.  You may be required to purchase a minimum of 100 roses.  This is 4 grower bunches of 25 roses each.  That is roughly $57.50  for a single bunch.  That's great if you need 100.  But what if you only need 47 roses?  I sell roses by single bunches, that allows you to mix and match colors.

I choose bulk white roses that open to the look of a garden rose since I wanted a similar look to the bouquet above.  Note that the outer petals of wedding roses are commonly called "guard petals" by professional florists. 

These petals sometimes have bruising or discoloration when arriving from the wholesaler.  They are deliberately left in place and are only removed when the florist is ready to begin designing.

Peal away any guard petal that shows bruising or spots until you reveal petals with good color and no discoloration.

If you wish to sprinkle petals on your wedding aisle, mist the discarded petals with Finishing Touch, allow to dry, and place in a plastic bag with a paper towlel inside the bag.  Keep refrigerated until needed.

Always handle the petals gently, avoiding creasing if possible.

See how I now have a lovely, softly opened rose to use in my bouquet design.

Don't expect utter perfection with each and every flower.  Live products are like everything else - small imperfections are the results of flowers grown in the field, packed in a foreign country and endures a great amount of shipping time and handling. 

But your roses should feel firm to the touch when the bulb is lightly squeezed.  If it feels squishy and the petals fall off easily, the rose is past it's prime and shouldn't be used in a wedding bouquet.

Try not to touch your flower heads any more than necessary.  Oils and dirt on the hands can transfer to the rose petals and create early wilting or discoloration.

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