Gertrude Stein said “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose” and for the first time in 100 years in literature, roses were red. Meaning in our terms today “It is what it is” but sometimes something can catch you off guard. Like purple roses that smell like heaven. Heading out to my garden yesterday I noticed my sterling rose-bush just wasn’t blooming as abundantly as usual. I needed one single blossom which I did end up finding for this small gift I was making. I also grabbed the last of the hydrangea. It’s a very simple project and the sterling rose is a perfect choice with its incredible scent and unique color.
Begin by soaking a block of floral foam in water with 1/2 tsp. bleach and 1 tbsp. floral food or sugar.
Next gather your small terra-cotta pot and flowers. One hydrangea large enough to cover the opening of the pot and 1-3 roses depending on your pot size. I chose one.
Cut a piece of the foam to fit snugly into the container. Next cut the stem of the hydrangea so that at least 1/2″ of its stem is inserted into the foam. The roses are next. Make a slanted cut making sure the rose bud will sit above the hydrangea but the stem will also be inserted 1/2″ inch into the foam as well. Do this for each rose you are using and then cluster them in the middle of the hydrangea. You may also add a small bow if you like near the outer edge. I eventually added a black and white checked bow to mine.
August is generally a slow month in the garden, but here is something you can do with your roses that will pay back tenfold over the next few months