I love having fresh flowers around the house, but they always seem to die so quickly, and that makes me sad. But the roses you see before you are still looking quite lovely after eight days! I received them on December 21, and today is December 29, so I think m math is correct. I credit the flowers’ longevity to two things: First, they are from Roseshire, which takes great pains to deliver roses that will stay fresh and beautiful. Second, I actually followed instructions, for once. I thought, hey, what would that be like to read all the stuff they say to do and then do it? The answer: my flowers are still not dead.
Check out the photos below for my Roseshire unboxing and instructions-following.
The flowers come in a protective box with chilled bubble wrap.
They’re no slackers when it comes to presentation.
Each bouquet is signed by the person who prepared the box.
Sealing wax! Like I said, not slackers. And as you can see the instructions are clearly printed on the front of the box.
I’m obsessed with their signature card.
Each stem comes with its own vial of water. I removed the vials and, as instructed, tore off any leaves that threatened to sit in the water after I placed them in my vessel. Leaves soaked in water = bacteria. No bueno.
I wore gloves for this step. Roseshire removes most of the thorns, but a couple might be hiding.
I then cut off about a quarter inch from the bottom of the stems (also as instructed), then filled my pitcher with water and added the flower preservative provided by Roseshire.
They say to replace the water every three days but, alas, I was late on that front. Even when I try pretty hard, I can’t seem to follow instructions precisely. But I did replace the water a couple days ago, and this is how look now (after removing one stem that was somewhat dead).
I also just realized that I totally lied about following instructions because I also was supposed to refill the water to its original level every day. I did not do that at all. Imagine if I would have? My flowers might bloom eternal?
They also say to remove the outside petals as they begin to wilt, which I also didn’t really do, but many fell off on their own as I moved the bouquet from place to place during the week. That’s why the roses now look a bit smaller, but they are decidedly not dead! Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how long they actually last.
To read more about Roseshire, check out this post I wrote about them for Forbes, or head on over to their site to find out how you can send (or receive) your own gorgeous roses. They specialize in roses only, so they know what they’re doing!
Roseshire provided the roses for this post.