We have a confession to make: We love roses but we don’t always feel that they love us back. Indoors and out, growing on trellises or displayed in vases, they seem to be high-maintenance flowers — drooping and drying up with the least little provocation.
We’ll leave the cultivation of roses to the gardening enthusiasts out there. But we have some suggestions if you want to give roses to a beloved or use them as centerpieces at your bridal shower or wedding.
First — Saaya Roses. This company offers hat-style boxes filled with real Ecuadorian roses that are designed to last one year. How can that be? The company website says it selects only the best blooms amid roses that are cut in their prime, then preserves and rehydrates them, using what the website calls “a secret, natural, eco-friendly” mixture. The roses, which are natural in appearance, texture (though you’re not supposed to touch them) and scent, are designed to last one to three years with proper care. Place them out of direct sunlight in a room of about 60 to 70 degrees. Don’t water them or remove them from their box. And if they should get a little dusty, go over them lightly with a feather duster.
The roses come in 26 colors in arrangements of one, four, nine, 16, 25 and 49. We’ve had an arrangement of blush pink beauties (actually more like a purplish pink) in a white box on our coffee table for six weeks and so far, so good. Your guests will be fighting over taking them home. For more, visit saayarose.com.
Not everyone wants something that lasts seemingly forever. If you like the Ecuadorian-roses-in-a-hat box approach but want something with a definite shelf life, you might consider Landeau. Founder Trevor Patterson, who did postgraduate studies in entrepreneurship and innovation at London College of Fashion, wanted his company to reflect his European sensibility, so he gave it a French name and style of hat box and a pristine Scandinavian aesthetic. Each bouquet comes with a set of care instructions that will help it last about two weeks. The only shortcoming here is that at present, Landeau, which has no retail stores, is available for pickup and delivery only in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Paris. For more, visit givelandeau.com.
Roses Only also sources its long-stem (at least two feet) beauties from Ecuador but adds Colombia and Kenya to the mix as well in a business that spans New York City and Los Angeles (twin homes of its American headquarters), Singapore, Hong Kong and London. The company was born in Australia in 1995 but had its roots in the childhood of founder James Stevens, who would accompany his father to buy blooms for the family floristry business in Sydney’s Town Hall Station. In the early 1990s, Stevens had a vision of an ecommerce business that would deliver what he calls “the Tiffany of flowers.”
Ours arrived in the signature, long-stem box with a thick green ribbon. Inside a dozen yellow roses were each anchored in a vial of water. The lovelies graced our home office for two weeks.
Nothing says, “I love you” like a dozen long-stem roses, the Roses Only website (rosesonly.com) proclaims as the blossoms deliver “Flower to the people.”