Don still brings home roses just about every Friday. He brings home a different color every week just to keep things interesting. While I always favored tropical flowers like birds of paradise, ginger flowers, antherium and haleconias, I have learned to enjoy and embrace the simple, classic rose, mostly because that is what Don brings home. Every week.
There was a time when Leah would set our Shabbos table on Thursday night and then suggest a matching color of roses to Don so that everything would match. Nowadays, I am back to setting the table on Friday mornings. I look forward to the color surprise as Don brings home a dozen roses right after Shacharis (morning prayers) and before he leaves to the office on Friday morning. I just match my napkins and table design to whatever the rose color of the week is.
I still try to keep the roses for at least two weeks. Sometimes, we are lucky and can even enjoy them for three weeks. The newer roses are mere buds, while the older roses are open, mature and beautiful. Most of the time, by the end of the first week, the week-old roses are starting to droop. They look so forlorn on the edge of their stems, barely able to hold on.
Once cut off the stem and floated in water, each blossom takes on a new life. It is amazing how these “older” roses are even more beautiful than their young counterparts. Invariably, my guests ask me if the roses are real, because their complexity borders on perfection.
And I love these roses because they are real. And mature. And beautiful despite their age.
Is there a metaphor to the aging process? Maybe.
This week, to match the vintage looking roses, I resprayed one of the wooden planks that I sanded and painted in an arrangement of Single Roses: Simple, Upcycled and Breathtaking. I chose a copper color (rose gold) paint, so currently in vogue and such a perfect match to offset the delicate and unusual color of these roses.
6 large open-blossoms
four foot section of 2″x6″ wood beam
metallic copper spray paint
6 clear 4″ square glass vases
Using hand sander, sand rough edges of beam.
Spray paint the top and all sides of the beams in your favorite color. I used metallic copper spray paint
Cut open rose blossoms off of stem.
Set up 6 clear 4″ square glass vases at equal intervals along beam, aligning first and last vases with the edges of the beam.
Fill each vase two-thirds with water.
Carefully place each blossom in each vase.
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Thanks for this tip. I have an old crystal decanter set and I couldn’t figure out what the two small “bowls” are (couldn’t be candle holders nor ash trays). We usually have one or two roses every time, and I just started floating one mature rose in one of these “bowls”–now I think they are vases! The mature rose in the crystal vase–just so elegant!
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I love that idea!