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Product Profile: Spray Roses

Written by Rona Wheeldon
July 09, 2014

Spray roses, the little perfectly formed floral relatives of standard size roses, are the topic for this month's Product Profile.

Prized for its blush petals, which gradually change colour, is White Majolica, pictured below. It's the current must-have variety, both here in the UK and across the pond, especially for wedding flower designs. (N.B. You'll also sometimes find it spelt as Majolika.)

Pale pink white majolica (majolika) spray rose at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Background

From the Rosaceae family, spray roses have clusters of small blooms on one single stem. The number of flowers per stem varies, but you'll usually find that there will be five to seven blooms. Noteworthy too is that their stems are often thornless or almost thornless.

There's a little confusion as the origin of the name, rose. Some are of the opinion that it comes from 'Rosa', the Latin for red. And others feel that it comes from the Celtic 'rhod', also meaning red.

Available all year round, they're more sought after at New Covent Garden Flower Market during the wedding season, from May through to August. And they tend to come from Holland, Colombia and Ecuador.

Types

Spray roses are available in a wide range of colours. And the Avalanche varieties tend to have larger flower heads. Here are some of the types you can currently find at Nine Elms.

Viviane at S Robert Allen

Pale yellow viviane spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

White Bubbles at Dennis Edwards Flowers

White bubbles spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

White Lydia at Alagar

White Lydia spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Snowflake at S Robert Allen

Snowflake spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

White Avalanche spray roses at Dennis Edwards Flowers

White Avalanche spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Chablis at S Robert Allen

White chablis spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Supper Bubbles at Dennis Edwards Flowers

Supper Bubbles spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Porcelina at Dennis Edwards Flowers

Porcelina spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Bombastic at S Robert Allen

Bombastic pale pink spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Sweet Avalanche spray roses at Dennis Edwards Flowers

Sweet Avalanche pale spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

S Robert Allen have one of the biggest ranges of spray roses at the Market. And Trevor is the gentleman in the know, should you have any questions whatsoever. Below top right are Ilse spray roses and bottom right are Pink Majolica (also sometimes known simply as Majolika).

Trevor at S Robert allen with Pink majolica (majolika) spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Milka Sensation at Alagar

Pink Milka Sensation spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Misty Bubbles at S Robert Allen

Pink Misty Bubbles spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Pepita at Zest Flowers

Pink pepita spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Lydia at S Robert Allen

Pink lydia spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Lady Bombastic at Zest Flowers

Pink Lady bombastic spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Twinkle Bride at S Robert Allen

Pink twinkle bride spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Hot Majolica at S Robert Allen

Pink hot majolica spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Magic Pepita at Zest Flowers

Red Magic Pepita spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Red Mikado at S Robert Allen

Red Mikado spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Babe at S Robert Allen

Orange Babe spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Fiesta Bubbles at Zest Flowers

Orange Fiesta Bubbles spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Peach Avalanche spray roses at Dennis Edwards Flowers

Peach Avalanche spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Little Silver at S Robert Allen

Little Silver spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Quantities & General Advice

Spray roses come in bunches of 10 stems and traders, like Graeme at Zest Flowers are very happy to order in a specific variety for a wedding. Treat and handle spray roses in the similar way to standard roses. They generally have a vase life of 8-12 days.

Graeme at zest with spray roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market

Design Inspiration

Spray roses are perfect for adding another dimension to wedding work. They're the ideal size and weight for corsages, buttonholes, headdresses and cake decorations. Plus they look wonderful in bridal bouquets.

These stunning wedding designs below were created by By Appointment Only Design. The bridesmaids' bouquets, flower basket and the dainty co-ordinating headband for the flower girl all feature spray roses.

Wedding designs using spray roses by appointment only design

(Photographer : Catherine Mead)

At the recent Brides The Show, The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers created these pretty vintage style teacups using spray roses.

Designs using spray teacups by the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers

And at the inaugural Brides The Show, Wildabout used spray roses in these breath-taking garlands. 

Disigns using spray roses by Wildabout

I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's Product Profile and it's inspired you with ideas for using spray roses. Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments about these petite blooms. We'd love to hear from you…

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