So here’s the thing: the thought of long stem red roses, baby’s breath, and a decadent, ornate vase literally makes me want to throw up in my mouth. I would rather be the recipient of a sole, dead dandelion (and at least then, I could make a wish).
I will never forget circa 2006 when my girlfriend and I were living in San Francisco and her then boyfriend sent her a bouquet of red roses from Walmart.com for Valentine’s Day. Their relationship ended shortly thereafter (obviously).
Since then, I’ve been steering clear of roses altogether, but a few weeks ago I was enjoying coffee in our garden and the scent of our fresh, fragrant roses took me back to a time when I didn’t have such disdain for this innocent, beautiful flower. After all, it’s not the poor rose’s fault Hallmark exploited it.
So I decided to give them a go, and I’ve since concluded that they are perfectly lovely (and indeed classy) when cut short.
You’ll start with a bouquet from Ralph’s or some other god-awful chain (and hopefully you won’t pay more than $9.99 for a dozen).
Start by pulling apart the roses and one by one, picking off the leaves and clipping the stem.
Make sure the bottom of the rose hits the top of the vase.
Keep going, one by one placing them in the vase.
Eventually you’ll end up with a pile of leaves and thorns.
And a beautiful, small bouquet that looks something like this.
So sweet it kind of makes my heart hurt.