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It’s Halloween, one of the days out of the year where all things bright and colorful are replaced with all things dark and macabre.  At Flowerlink, we’re in the business of bold and beautiful things because we carry some of the most gorgeous roses in the world.  When you see assortments of roses on Halloween, however, they aren’t the kind you’ll find in our shop.  There are usually pitch black.  But these “black” roses don’t just come out of the ground that way.  So what’s the story behind them?

Most roses believed to be black in color are actually a very deep shade of red.  Examples would be the Black Magic and Black Baccara rose varieties which are considered to be the deepest, darkest roses on the market and both of which are carried by Flowerlink.

Others claim that you can grow your own black rose by planting a dark rose, keeping it in partial shade, and watering it with a root dye mixture.  The fact of the matter is true black roses don’t exist in nature.  Nearly all of these roses you come across have been dyed black after blooming.

One method for dying roses black is placing a light rose (preferably white) in a vase with water and black food coloring or floral dye.  The roses will ‘drink’ the water, absorbing it through their stems until it dyes their petals.  Faster options include dipping the roses in dye or spraying them with black floral spray paint.

Most people associate black roses with themes fitting of a holiday like Halloween – sadness, death, mortality.  But interestingly, the black rose has a history that is littered with a more hopeful message.   The black rose has often symbolized rebirth, a start of new things.   They have also stood for will and determination, even rare and deep commitment.

It’s mostly been in recent years where the black roses has helped set the mood for spooky events, especially around Halloween.  Ultimately, black roses carry whatever symbolism is put upon it by the person either giving or receiving it.

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Halloween only comes once a year.  For the rest of the days a bright, colorful assortment is the way to go.  With Flowerlink, you know you’re getting the very best of over 200 varieties of spray roses, garden roses, and premium select hydrangea because they are delivered within three days of being cut.

To order roses with Flowerlink or if you simply have any questions please call us at 310.848.1843 or email us  Brighten the day of someone you care about by giving them the best roses in the world!  There’s nothing scary about that!

A Canadian rose breeder has decided that the name of his new rose variety should be left up to the public.  He’s determined to have the privilege of naming the rose go to a good cause, however, and that’s why he’s putting it up for auction.   The auction will be held by the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS), and all proceeds will go directly to helping their organization.

Langley’s Select Roses has been growing roses in their British Columbia nursery for years and are trying to give back to their community.  The unnamed rose is a floribunda, which are modern roses that were developed by crossing hybrid teas with polyantha roses.  Langley’s new variety can stand at nearly three feet tall and has a golden hue with scarlet edges.

Nearly ten years of hard work goes into successfully breeding a new rose and the naming rights can go as high as $10,000.  In the past the breeder has seen their roses named for philanthropists, country singers, spiritual leaders and others.  But for this particular variety, Langley’s wants those dollars going to a cause that’s close to their hearts.

The owner of the company grew up with several dogs and now has two of his own that he adores.  The money raised will help keep the doors open to a no-kill animal shelter in Aldergrove named the Patti Dale Shelter after the late founder of LAPS.  The auction will take place in November at the annual Langley Animal Protection Society gala.

Pre-bidding has already begun though, and the LAPS website is taking bids at a minimum of $1,000.  Those that can’t make it to the gala are also allowed to have agents represent them during the final selling of the naming rights.  The highest bidder will have the name of their choosing registered with an international body, making it the official name for as long as the rose is cultivated.

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Rose breeding is an art form, and that’s why we work with the top breeders in the world.  When you order roses with Flowerlink, you know that you’re getting the very best.

At Flowerlink we provide over 200 varieties.  From spray roses, garden roses, and premium hydrangea, you can purchase roses that are perfect for any occasion.   And when you order from Flowerlink you know that every rose you purchase was grown with both a social and environmental conscious.

To order roses online with Flowerlink or to simply learn more about us don’t hesitate to call us at 310.848.1843 or email us at   Flowerlink holds the world’s best roses.   Share them with someone you love.