Few can argue that the rose is the almighty star when it comes to flowers. Long regarded and admired for its beauty, scent and even health benefits, roses can make an impression like none other.

Roses can embody romance and love more than any other flower. Roses are also perennial and come in a variety of different colours, sizes and shapes. They are the perfect gift when you want to send a sentiment of love and affection to that special someone.

Buying The Perfect Rose

If you are in the market for buying roses, there are some tips that you should be aware of that will ensure that you pick the best quality and longest lasting roses. There are some things that you should avoid and things that you should know before making the purchase.

If you have the opportunity to choose the roses yourself, here are some characteristics that you should look for that will tell you that the roses are the best quality and are the freshest.

• Look for stems that are rigid and also have the same colour from the top of the stem to the bottom. If you find that the bottom part of the stem is dry and has some discolouration then it may mean that the rose has been without water for some time and should not be purchased.
• Look for roses that are not closed too tightly. You will find many different types and varieties of roses and they will have different petal counts and bloom sizes but do not choose roses that are completely closed shut. You want to look for roses that are open slightly but not completely open. You should pinch the rose a bit to see if it gives back a little. You do not want roses that are too soft.
• When roses are transported, they are usually sent with their ‘guard petals’ on. These are the outermost petals and they are meant to protect the rose while they are in transport. Once they are received at the flower shop, the florist will then peel off these petals and place them in an arrangement. If you find roses that have bruising on the outermost petals, do not be alarmed. These roses could still be very fresh. Simply ask the florist to remove the outer petals before purchasing them.
• Look at the foliage that surrounds the stem. If it is green and fresh then the rose, most likely, is fresh as well.
• If you are planning to buy roses online, you should make the purchase from a reputable and established flower company. Make sure that they have a guarantee and a track record for good customer service. There are many companies that will attempt to get into the flower business around particular holidays but do not have the experience to store and ship these precious products.

The Different Symbols Behind Each Rose Colour

There are many different types of roses with their own characteristics and colours. Each have their own meanings and it is important to be familiar with them before making a purchase so you do not unintentionally send the wrong message!

Red roses – This is, by far, the most popular colour of all the varieties. This colour symbolises love, passion and romance. It can also mean beauty and perfection. The very dark red roses that reach even a burgundy colour can mean beauty that has not been fully recognised.
Lavender roses – These light purple lovelies symbolise elegance and royalty. It can also be an expression of love at first glance. If you want to make a sincere show of appreciation, this is the rose with which to do it.
Pink roses – Pink roses express happiness, grace, admiration and sweetness. For a show of deeper appreciation, you could choose darker pink roses.
Blue roses – Blue roses convey mystery and a desire that cannot be realised. Blue roses are not inherent to the breed and must be cultivated by the grower by adding colouring.
Coral roses – Coral roses express a deep passion. It can be for someone or something. It also expresses desire and exuberance. If you want to congratulate someone on their successes or accomplishments, these roses will express that.
White roses – These roses will share a feeling of innocence and purity. It can also show respect and is a very appropriate flower for funerals. White roses can also be used in weddings to express a spiritual and pure beginning.
Orange roses – These roses are especially interesting. They express energy, desire and enthusiasm. It is also the flower to give when you are ready to take your friendship to the next level and express love.
Peach roses – Peach roses have a meaning that is unclear. They have been known to mean gratitude but also sympathy. You can give a peach rose when you want to finalise a business deal.

The Best Way to Send Flowers

Sometimes it is difficult to know whether you should send flowers through a florist or send it through a delivery service. It if is done through a florist, you will have an arrangement already done for you. Flowers through a delivery service means getting roses in a box with little to no decoration.

The decision as to which situation is best is really left to you and what you think the recipient would prefer. Some people would like to receive flowers that they will be able to arrange themselves while others might want flowers that are already prepared and arranged. There is no real “right” or “wrong” answer but only a question of preference. There are some companies that provide both options so if you do your research, you will be able to find a company that provides the best of both worlds.

It is important to note, however, that whatever you choose for your recipient, make sure they follow the care instructions that are provided with the roses. Doing so could mean that you have roses that can last many days even weeks.