Having fresh flowers from the garden to use in floral arrangements is perhaps the main reason behind why I garden and grow roses. Whenever my garden roses produce long stem, it is cause for celebration for that can only mean one thing, they are ready to be used as cut flowers in my homegrown floral arrangements or bouquets. For these special occasions, or when I want to play florist and gift the flower arrangements from the garden to friends and family, it is nice to have a collection of crochet ribbons on hand.
Although these stunning rose flowers cut off of the Schloss Eutin rose (bred by Kordes) are a little bit too far gone and I was ready enjoy them in the garden, it looked as if a storm was brewing and should the roses be shattered in rain or hail, it would have been a shame to let them go to waste. Whenever I cut flowers from the garden, especially roses, I look for stems that have one flower open and the rest in a looser bud form, that is the stage at which I take the rose pruners and snip off the stems. Depending on the variety and time of day the roses were cut, they have a vase life of up to 5 days.
Interesting fact- the more scent a rose has, the shorter the vase life. That is the reason behind why most rose bouquets from the florist will lack scent, for they are made primarily to last and be enjoyed with the eyes, not the nose. The fact that one can enjoy a rose bouquet fresh from the garden without any worry about bringing in all kinds of chemicals into the home and enjoy the sweet perfume as well as the beauty is as good as it gets.