Properly Caring For Fresh Cut Roses

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4 Steps To Keep Fresh Roses

roses used in weddings alotRoses are the type of flowers you see almost everywhere. Weddings, birthday’s, anniversaries and even funerals. One of the many great things about roses is their strong stems. This makes them a good cut. Put them in water and they can last up to 7 days. They don’t need a lot of special treatment like other flowers do. Because of this, they have the ability to stay fresher longer. If you are into fresh cut roses here are a few tips to help you properly care for them.

Use A Sharp Knife To Make Cuts

Whenever you cut roses use a sharp knife. You can also use a pair of pruners if you have some. When you make cuts using a sharp object the bush will do its job and send out another flowering cane. Always cut first thing in the morning and cut above a pair of five leaved stems. The reason you want to cut first thing in the morning is that is when the roses are their freshest.

It is also when they have the most moisture. Only cut buds that are partially open or roses that have fully opened up. If a bud is still tight but shows a little color there is a 50/50 chance it will open when cut. Always carry a bucket of water with you will cutting roses. This way you can immediately place them in the water after you have cut them.


Prepare The Roses The Right Way

Proper preparation makes all the difference when it comes to caring for roses. Any leaves that will be below the water line when in the vase should be removed. You should also get rid of any torn leaves or leaves that are diseased. Creased or damaged petals should be taken off the rose. Tight buds should be removed as well. They take up a lot of water and energy and chances are they won’t open. That’s why it’s just best to go ahead and remove them.buds of roses

Condition The Roses

It doesn’t matter where you cut the roses from, it is always beneficial to condition them. The stems should be cut at a 45-degree angle. This will allow the stem to get more water as the surface will broaden. If at all possible cut the stem under running water. This prevents air from getting in the stem. You can also do this in a sink full of water. You can do this with either a sharp knife, pruners or scissors.

Make sure you don’t crush the stem with the cut. After you have cut the rose put it in a bucket of ice water. Let it sit for 60 minutes. The ice water should be right at the level of the first leaves. If you will be using the rose stem for an arrangement make sure your cuts are very sharp. Don’t remove the roses from the water until you are ready to arrange them.

Maintain The Roses

This stage is known as maintenance. Every day the roses should be removed from the vase. Pour out the old water and fill the vase with fresh water. Rinse off the stems and replace the roses. If you notice a rose is wilting cut the stem off and put it in hot water. Make sure the water is very hot. What you are trying to do is shock the rose back to life. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t.water for roses

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Take the advice above and help your roses give you a long display. You pay good money for roses, so let’s get the most value we can!

Gourmet Gift Basket For Father’s Day

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How To Create The Perfect Gourmet Gift Basket For Father's Day

When it comes to Father’s Day the gifts given are usually less than stellar. Its usually a nice tie or some slippers. While I am sure every father appreciates whatever he gets, I think its time we all take it up a notch for our dad’s. This year I want you to consider making your dad his very own gourmet gift basket. The great thing about gourmet gift baskets is you can be as creative as you want. You can cater it to all the things your dad loves.

Now I will be honest with you. Making gourmet gift baskets is not easy. It takes a great deal of time and creativity. If you are up for the task keep reading as I will share with you 5 tips to help you make the perfect gift basket for your dad this Father’s Day.

Tip #1 – Pick A Theme

This is where it all starts. What is it that your dad loves? What foods? What sports? What are his past times? Remember this is all about being creative. Don’t be afraid to do something unusual. Have fun with it and think of a theme you know your dad will love.

Tip #2 – Research, Research, Research

It can sometimes be difficult to find exactly what you want to put in the gift basket. That’s why research is so important. You have to be able to weed out the good stuff from the not so good stuff. And with so much trendy packaging out there doing so can be very hard. Research the products you want to include in the basket. Find out what ingredients they use. If it checks out order some to test it out. There is nothing worse than gifting food that tastes nasty. Start here with the top 10 selling chocolate bars.

Tip #3 – Find A Basket To Put Everything In

Once you have gathered up all the gifts you want to include you need to find a basket to put them all in. The good news is finding a basket is fairly easy. There are literally hundreds of different options for you to choose from. Just make sure whatever you choose is well crafted and sturdy. You also want it to work with the theme you have chosen.

Tip #4 – Include Extras

By extras I mean things that will make the gift complete. For example, if you give your dad a container of his favorite gourmet coffee why not also give him a mug to drink it in? If you give him tickets to go see his favorite team play why not give him a hat or shirt he can wear to the game? The extras are what really take the gift basket to a whole new level. Adding the extras will enhance the overall look and feel of the gourmet gift basket.

Tip #5 – Be Creative! Have Fun!

Listen, at the end of the day, this is about your expression of love towards your father. This gift doesn’t need to be perfect. Have fun with it and be creative. Trust me, your dad will love it no matter what. Just the fact you took the time to do something like this will bring a smile to his face. So go ahead, let your creative juices flow. Just remember this is about your dad and not you.

You want to put some of your personality into it but not too much. Keep the overall gift focused on dad and the things you know he will love and appreciate. This is your opportunity to really show your dad how much he means to you. Don’t let it go to waste.
You could also add a bottle of wine in the basket to really win some points.



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Just remember the sacrifices your Dad has made through the years, no parent is perfect but you have a chance to show how much you care once a year – fathers day!

Gifts For Wedding Anniversaries

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4 Unique Gift Ideas For Wedding Anniversaries

Its that time of year again. Your wedding anniversary has rolled around and you have no idea what to get your wife. Don’t worry fellas, it happens to the best of us. Sometimes life just gets in the way and before we know it, another anniversary is upon us.

As a married man I am 100 percent sure you understand the importance of this day. For a woman, a wedding anniversary is a big deal. It represents more than just a number. It represents true commitment to the man she chose to spend the rest of her life with. It should not be taken lightly.

To help you out little bit, because I know you really need it, I have put together a short list of 4 unique gift ideas I am sure any woman would love to get as a wedding anniversary gift. Trust me, if you give her one of these gifts, she will be yours for the rest of the night.

Gift Idea #1 – Write Her a Letter

Women absolutely love when a man tries to express himself openly and honestly. Because as we all know, that’s not easy to do. When you write this letter, I want you to go all in. Let her know why you love her so much. If you are a musician, you could consider writing a love song instead of a letter. You get some letter writing ideas at

Gift Idea #2 – A Photo Book

Women love to be able to look back and remember certain times in their lives. Chances are you have a ton of pictures of you and your wife that have been taken over the years. Gather up as many pictures as you can and create a photo book. If you need to, you can make copies of the pictures so she won’t notice they are missing. On your anniversary day you can present her with this book full of memories from all the way when she was a child. Some ideas here

Gift Idea #3 – A Wedding Keepsake

This is the perfect gift for milestone years such as your first anniversary, your 20th anniversary, and your 50th anniversary. A keepsake gives you the opportunity to memorialize the moment. There are many different ways you can have the keepsake designed. One cool idea is to have cartoon caricatures created of you guys on your wedding day. You can also opt for a framed decorative marriage certificate.

Gift Idea #4 – A Special Date Night

Apart from gifts, a woman loves to spend alone time with her man. Especially if the two of you have been extremely busy over the last few months. If you have children, make arrangements for someone you know your wife trusts, to watch them while the two of you go out for a special anniversary date night.

The best options are usually a family member or close friend. Once you have that taken care of you will need to call and make reservations at her favorite restaurant. If she doesn’t have a favorite restaurant, take her somewhere she is always talking about. You should also consider booking tickets to a concert. If you want to take it up a notch, hire a private chef to come to your home and make her favorite dishes. Trust me she will love.

And there you have, 4 unique gift ideas for you to consider for your wedding anniversary. Keep in mind wedding anniversaries don’t have to be expensive. Its all about being creative. And when it boils down to it, all your wife really wants is for you, the man she married, to acknowledge what she considers a very important day. If you can make her feel love and appreciated, it will be the best anniversary of her life.

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Even if you do go for one of the ideas above, it is always a good idea to add flowers to the mix. I have never seen a lady with flowers in her hand unhappy about it!