Wednesday’s Flowers – Rainbow Roses

March 2, 2011

Wow, I had a very difficult time shopping for flowers this week.  Most shops had very slim pickings and in some cases what they did have was way past prime.  I literally searched from Sunday until late Tuesday night for some flower inspiration and almost came up dry until I seen a small bucket of Rainbow Roses.

Now before you get too excited, I’m not referring to these ‘Rainbow Roses‘, I’m talking about a mixed colour bouquet of naturally coloured roses.

The bunch I picked up from a local grocery store was $9.99 for 12 stems, which is a very good deal for roses and why I purchased them.

With all the bright colours of the roses I wanted to keep the arrangement simple but interesting while not competing with the flowers.  Here is what was used for this week’s flower creation:

  • Rainbow Roses, Bunch of 12 Stems
  • Low Clear Glass Container
  • Sphagnum Moss
  • Floral Tape
  • Stem Cutters
  • Oasis Floral Foam
  • Water

Start by soaking the floral foam in a sink full of water, once fully saturated; trim the foam to fit into the glass container.  Gently tuck Sphagnum Moss around the foam and the inside of the container.  The moss is used to hide the green foam and add textural interest to the arrangement.

Once all the foam is hidden with moss tape the foam to the container for stability and transportability.

From here you can cut the stems of the roses to size and insert into the foam.

Before you add all the roses, fill the container with water so the Sphagnum Moss becomes wet.  If you do not wet the moss it will suck the moisture out of the foam, which will shorten the life span of the roses.  I recommend you add some moss around the stems once inserted into the foam to hide the green and the top of the container.

This colourful arrangement is going to hang out in our newly renovated kitchen and make friends with the red KitchenAid mixer.

Getting back to the dyed ‘Rainbow Roses‘, what do you think?  Love them or hate them?  I’m not a huge fan but I have learnt from past experiences with dyed flowers that you just could be surprised with what they can do for an arrangement.  So, I guess there is a time and place for everything.


(Here is what I was up to this time last year:  Wednesday’s Flowers – Mini Daffodils