Thursd.com brought my love of valentine's day and appreciation of great resources for the floral industry to life in the most beautiful of ways. When they reached out for permission to share a post we created about red roses, it was decided right then and there to say, yes! Considering THURSD is the only online meetup spot for international professionals within the floral industry I knew that the post would be shared in the most beautiful way like it's never been done before.
From breeders to products to florist to farms combine perfectly to create this elevated group that I can't get enough of. The love, joy, and style of the original post I wrote is is all perfectly captured in this feature which is the world's most popular spot for flora people. I am grateful for the opportunity to be featured, and can't be luckier than right here at my favorite holiday.
The product, the design snd the spirit and well everything since I am being honest, is artistically captured in the way that no one but by my friend, Katrina Barrow Photography can do. An excerpt is below but you can swoon over all good things on the floraculture's most informative source of information along with the the pretty imagery in the full post.
Why We Give Roses on Valentine's Day
A photoshoot featuring my favorite variety of them all: the Finally Rose grown by Rosaprima.
By: CHRISTY GRINER HULSEY | 19-01-2022 | 2 min readFLORAL DESIGNERS
I'm not going to lie- I have a crush on long stem red roses (how could you not?!), and I may or may not have been absolutely dreaming of a job as a farmer, staying right there and living and growing flowers in South America when I visited the Rosaprima farm in Ecuador a few years ago - the grower of the red Rose Finally from breeder United Selections.
Sadly, however, I'm sitting right here writing about roses from my desk at Colonial House of Flowersin Atlanta, Georgia, in the States as Rosaprima farm gets ready for Valentine's Day (just two months away). The only thing that comforts me? These gorgeous red rose bouquets and what better way to start the season than with season than by sharing these gorgeous images from my friend Katrina Barrow Photography.
So Much That Makes a Rose Special
There is so much that makes a rose special, actually. The flower's vibrant history and high market demand make it popular with a lot of people for a lot of things, especially on Valentine's Day. Today, roses are found in bloom for holidays, anniversaries, weddings year-round.
Red roses have stood the test of time largely because of their strong symbolism that represents beauty, love, romance, even politics across cultures.
Popular at Valentine's Day
Even though the cultivation of this garden variety dates back over 5,000 years ago in Asia, the use of the rose in nineteenth-century floriography is what led to its popularity on Valentine's Day. During this period floral bouquets were used to deliver messages of love interest. Furthermore, the color of a traditional rose, red, represents passion.
Red roses have remained a powerful symbol of love and passion through different cultures. They're just as energizing today as well, 5,000 years ago, since I am being honest. The most magnetic red rose, to me, to receive and to use in floral compositions is the standard Finally rose grown by Rosaprima in the Andes mountains of Ecuador. This variety really draws you in, in the most charming way. I admire it for its large bud size and long vase life. According to their website, "Words and pictures will never fully encompass the sheer beauty and grandeur of this Rosaprima rose. Romantic, sophisticated, and sensual, Finally is undeniably the most beautiful among all red roses. With an intense crimson color that shades off to a darker tone, she speaks of love that awaits a passionate expression."
Enjoy these photos of the Finally red rose fresh from the Rosaprima farm outside of Quito. Katrina and I worked hard to give this rose what I think it deserves: artistic images that capture the nature of its iconic and effortless, raw and moody beauty.