Archive | January, 2012

The Black Rose

19 Jan

My first introduction to a black rose dates back to 1997.  It was not a great introduction, but a memorable one. I was managing a small local flower shop and it was Valentine’s Day.  After having pulled an all nighter with my staff, we were just locking up shop.  There was a knock on the door.  I won’t lie to you – the first thought that ran through my head was “too bad buddy – we’re closed, exhausted and all sold out -so get lost”.  Then I saw his badge – his police badge to be more specific.  So again, I wont tell lies here, my next thought was “Are you seriously going to pull rank on me so I will let you in for flowers that you should have pre-ordered days ago??”.  When I opened the door to let him in I saw that he was already holding flowers – black roses to be exact. They were accompanied by a death threat.

Perhaps this is why dyed flowers, roses in particular, have always left a bad taste in my mouth. Dyed flowers are everywhere now and I am not a fan of them to say the least. In fact, a few weeks ago, I was placing a Valentine’s Day order with my favourite rep at Staalduinen Floral Ltd, I expressed my dislike for dyed flowers.  She diplomatically asked me if I had ever seen a dyed black rose and would I like to see a sample?  They were expecting a shipment in a few weeks.  They arrived at the shop I manage this week.  And I cannot believe I am admitting this for the world to read, but they are magnificent.

They are a large ecuadorian red rose with a high petal count that has been stem dyed deep blue.  The blue dye is evident when you inspect the base of the stem and sepals. You can also see the blue when you cut the stem.  Interestingly, the dye does not seem to seep into the water turning it a tell-tale shade of indigo. As the rose opens it starts to reveal its natural shade of red.  Stem dying is a complicated process – achieving the exact same shade every time is extremely difficult.  In order for the roses (or any flower for that matter) to absorb the same amount of dye each time, countless factors much be consistent: external temperature, internal temperature of the flower, concentration of dye, humidity, dehydration of the flower, stem length, and bloom size.

This rose is nameless by the grower (simply referred to as BLACK STEM-DYED ROSE), so the good folks at Staalduinen have taken the liberty of calling it “Ebony”. A perfect fit if you ask me.  If you are interested in seeing this rose for yourself, I must forewarn you:  order many weeks in advance and be prepared to spend about $8 to $10 per rose.  Oh, and just for the record, the spray painted black rose with the death threat attached to it did not come from the store I was working at (thankfully) !!

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2012 Living Fresh Flower School Schedule

10 Jan

We have some pretty amazing classes lined up for the winter/spring term at the Living Fresh Flower School! Classes are starting to fill up already, so don’t miss out….click the link to our website and register right there online. Can’t wait to see you there, because everyone deserves to have beauty in their life.

Tropical Paradise

Tropical Paradise

It’s winter. We live in Canada. Enough said.

Since most of us can only dream of flying off to a tropical destination, the Living Fresh Flower School would like to bring the tropics to you.

Imagine an exotic floral arrangement with orchids from Thailand, birds of paradise from Mexico, ginger from Peru, anthuriums from Hawaii, and protea from South Africa (just to name a few!). It’s the next best thing to a day at the beach (no sunscreen required).

Date:  Sun, Feb 5, 2012
Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price:  $ 125.00 + HST
Limited to 15 students.


Colour Theory – Pink

Colour Theory – Pink

Pink is feminine and romantic, affectionate and intimate, thoughtful and caring. It tones down the physical passion of red replacing it with a gentle loving energy. A home adorned with pink blossoms offers warmth and tenderness.

Come join the Living Fresh Flower School where we will introduce lush garden varieties in this girly colour, creating a beautiful garden-styled floral arrangement in a glass vase.

Date:  Sun, Mar 11, 2012
Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price:  $ 125.00 + HST
Limited to 15 students.



Easter

Easter

Bunnies, chicks and eggs, oh my!

Allow your inner-child to come forth and create a sweet and whimsical floral arrangement for your easter dinner table. Playing with the soft pastel colour palette, the Living Fresh Flower School will teach you how to make a centerpiece that incorporates both flowers and seasonal elements, appealling to your guests, both young and old!

Date:  Sun, Apr 1, 2012
Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price:  $ 125.00 + HST
Limited to 15 students.



The Right of Spring!

The Right of Spring!

Spring flowers are here and it’s time to celebrate!

The trees are rejuvinating and blossoms are sprouting from their baron branches.  The Living Fresh Flower School will take full advantage of this awakening as we show you how to create an oversized vase arrangement embracing everything spring!

Date:  Sun, Apr 15, 2012
Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price:  $ 125.00 + HST
Limited to 15 students.