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Perfect Roses For Valentine's Day

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I know it's still January, but when I went to A Rose By Harvest's showcase of their 2011 rose collection I couldn't help but get excited for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday.

The shop is designed as a walk-in refrigerator and it is usually a cool 40-43 degrees Fahrenheit -- but for the showcase the temperature is set at 62 degrees Fahrenheit in order to encourage the roses  to open.  Managing Director of Wholesale Floral Inc., Natan Alpert, says it's so rare and very exciting to see the roses in full bloom around the store.

The colors of the flowers and the different shapes of the rose petals are unbelievable and varied. Over 98 percent of the roses come from Ecuador and the rest come from Japan. A display of 35  roses on a table in the back of the store are labeled by number and the shop is asking for customers' opinions on the different flowers. Before the growers decide to harvest large amounts of a specific rose they want to see which would be popular and best to sell. It can take years to plant and grow roses -- so it is important for the growers to know what rose people prefer.

Even though there are a couple dozens types of roses at the showcase that are not yet available for purchase, there are hundreds of other varieties available at A Rose By Harvest.

I hope you enjoy my photographs of the second day of the showcase...

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I love the colors of these roses. There are hundreds of varieties of roses at A Rose By Harvest in New York City.

1 I love the colors of these roses. There are hundreds of varieties of roses at A Rose By Harvest in New York City.

Take a look at the long stems on these roses! They are almost as tall as Blog Editor Cayla Rasi (she is 5'3

2 Take a look at the long stems on these roses! They are almost as tall as Blog Editor Cayla Rasi (she is 5'3").

The showcase of the 2011 rose collection at A Rose By Harvest displayed their roses almost at full-bloom.

3 The showcase of the 2011 rose collection at A Rose By Harvest displayed their roses almost at full-bloom.

Today (Wednesday January 12, 2011) is the last day for the showcase -- the roses will be even more open than when I saw them on Tuesday.

4 Today (Wednesday January 12, 2011) is the last day for the showcase -- the roses will be even more open than when I saw them on Tuesday.

On a table at he back of the shop is a display of roses that are not available yet at the store.

5 On a table at he back of the shop is a display of roses that are not available yet at the store.

These roses on the back table are numbered and you are able to rate the roses and tell the rose distributors what you think about their flowers.

6 These roses on the back table are numbered and you are able to rate the roses and tell the rose distributors what you think about their flowers.

The reason why you can not buy these flowers yet is because they have not yet been produced in mass amount and the distributors are trying to decide if the flowers would be liked or disliked by rose-buyers.

7 The reason why you can not buy these flowers yet is because they have not yet been produced in mass amount and the distributors are trying to decide if the flowers would be liked or disliked by rose-buyers.

The roses on the table are so unique.

8 The roses on the table are so unique.

A rose that is not yet available in the store. You can see it on display today (Wednesday January 11, 2011) in the shop.

9 A rose that is not yet available in the store. You can see it on display today (Wednesday January 11, 2011) in the shop.

Take a look at how perfect the petals are.

10 Take a look at how perfect the petals are.

This rose is called

11 This rose is called "Snow Ball" and it is available in the shop.

These roses are called

12 These roses are called "Amaretto" and they have beautiful rippled-looking petals.

13 "Combo" is what these gorgeous yellow roses are called.

Look at the unique way these flower petals look when the rose opens.

14 Look at the unique way these flower petals look when the rose opens.

I love the multi-colored roses that are found throughout the shop. These do not have a specific name yet, for now they are called

15 I love the multi-colored roses that are found throughout the shop. These do not have a specific name yet, for now they are called "Hay 2003." Some flowers are so new they have not yet been named.

16 "Dovo Verde" is the name of these beautiful roses.

A close-up picture of

17 A close-up picture of "Dovo Verde."

These

18 These "Purple Haze" roses are gorgeous! I love the way these flowers have opened.

A closer look at

19 A closer look at "Purple Haze."

This beautiful rose is called

20 This beautiful rose is called "Maria Theresa." Take a look at how these flowers have opened.

A selection of roses in the store.

21 A selection of roses in the store.

The flowers are usually kept in the store that is cool and kept at about 40 degrees fahrenheit. For the flower show the shop has a warmer temperature, 62 degrees fahrenheit -- which helps the flowers open.

22 The flowers are usually kept in the store that is cool and kept at about 40 degrees fahrenheit. For the flower show the shop has a warmer temperature, 62 degrees fahrenheit -- which helps the flowers open.

23 "Prince Jardinier" roses -- Jardinier means gardener in French.

A close-up of

24 A close-up of "Prince Jardinier."

Freeze-dried roses are displayed out of their box for the event.

25 Freeze-dried roses are displayed out of their box for the event.

You can wire freeze-dried roses into your arrangements and they last a few weeks!

26 You can wire freeze-dried roses into your arrangements and they last a few weeks!

More freeze-dried roses.

27 More freeze-dried roses.

The display is on the stairs at the front of the shop.

28 The display is on the stairs at the front of the shop.

The display is on both sides of the main door to the store.

29 The display is on both sides of the main door to the store.

These roses are called

30 These roses are called "Ritz."

The entire store is a walk-in refrigerator and has hundreds of varieties of roses.

31 The entire store is a walk-in refrigerator and has hundreds of varieties of roses.

A display of flowers.

32 A display of flowers.

These roses are called

33 These roses are called "Zazu."

The company has been open since 1997 and originally had 5 different refrigerated trucks that went to several locations including Connecticut, New Jersey, and The Hamptons.

34 The company has been open since 1997 and originally had 5 different refrigerated trucks that went to several locations including Connecticut, New Jersey, and The Hamptons.

These roses are called

35 These roses are called "Big Apple."

36 "Lady Moon" is the name of these roses. I love how all of the roses are blooming.

A close-up picture of

37 A close-up picture of "Lady Moon."

I love seeing gorgeous roses that are multi-colored.

38 I love seeing gorgeous roses that are multi-colored.

39 "Twilight" is the name of these roses.

The rose's name,

40 The rose's name, "Orangina," is fitting. I love the color, it reminds me of my Hermes boxes in my bathroom.

This rose is called

41 This rose is called "Dutchie." I love how silky these petals look at the store -- and even in this photograph!

These roses are called

42 These roses are called "Chillis."

Gorgeous! These are called

43 Gorgeous! These are called "Wham."

The middle flower in this photograph is practically flawless. That type of rose is called

44 The middle flower in this photograph is practically flawless. That type of rose is called "Wanda."

A variety of flowers that you can purchase at the shop.

45 A variety of flowers that you can purchase at the shop.

46 "Fado," the rose pictured here, is an elegant shade of pink.

47 "Cumbia" is the name of the roses photographed here.

98 perfect of the roses in the shop are from Ecuador, other roses are brought in from Japan.

48 98 perfect of the roses in the shop are from Ecuador, other roses are brought in from Japan.

A flower that is not available yet in the shop.

49 A flower that is not available yet in the shop.

Another flower that isn't available yet. I love the shape of the petals!

50 Another flower that isn't available yet. I love the shape of the petals!

Again, roses that are not available yet. The price of the roses that are available range from 65 cents to $3 a stem.

51 Again, roses that are not available yet. The price of the roses that are available range from 65 cents to $3 a stem.

With the temperature raised in the store, the roses are able to open must faster. I love the way this rose's petals fold and take shape in the center.

52 With the temperature raised in the store, the roses are able to open must faster. I love the way this rose's petals fold and take shape in the center.

This rose is called

53 This rose is called "Piano." The way the petals lay is so beautiful. I love the way they fold inside one another.

A large selection of different types of yellow roses.

54 A large selection of different types of yellow roses.

These roses are not named yet, so their temporary name is

55 These roses are not named yet, so their temporary name is "Hay 2019."

A picture of the shop. Anyone can stop by to see their showcase of their 2011 rose collection  -- the last day is today (Wednesday January 12, 2011).

56 A picture of the shop. Anyone can stop by to see their showcase of their 2011 rose collection -- the last day is today (Wednesday January 12, 2011).

A close look at a row of roses.

57 A close look at a row of roses.

I can't believe how gorgeous this rose is, and I love the name ...

58 I can't believe how gorgeous this rose is, and I love the name ... "Miss Piggy."

I love the bicolored roses that you can find throughout the store. This one is called

59 I love the bicolored roses that you can find throughout the store. This one is called "Crazy One."

Another bicolored rose called

60 Another bicolored rose called "Fiesta."

A rose called

61 A rose called "Sweetness."

62 "La Belle" -- the name of a gorgeous bicolored rose at A Rose By Harvest.

These roses are really blooming! These roses are called

63 These roses are really blooming! These roses are called "Esperance."

These roses --

64 These roses -- "Silverstone" -- have a color between silver, grey, and purple.

This rose,

65 This rose, "Darcy," has petals folded so elegantly.

66 "La Lampanella" has a fantastic color and I love the shape of the petals.

I love that these petals have a little bit of bicoloring to them.

67 I love that these petals have a little bit of bicoloring to them.

These roses are available for purchase at the store.

68 These roses are available for purchase at the store.

This beautiful rose looks like the petals are made of velvet.

69 This beautiful rose looks like the petals are made of velvet.

70 "Black Baccara" roses displayed at the back of the store.

These roses are not named yet.

71 These roses are not named yet.

There's nothing better to give on Valentines Day than red roses.

72 There's nothing better to give on Valentines Day than red roses.

More perfect roses.

73 More perfect roses.

Another flawless rose called

74 Another flawless rose called "Black Magic."

The showcase started on Monday January 10 and the last day is today (Wednesday January 12) -- if you live in the New York City area, you must see the gorgeous display of fully bloomed roses.

Preparing For A Dinner Party At My Home

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This past week some of the fabulous friends that Martha and I made while visiting Turkey last summer were in New York. It was the perfect opportunity to have my first sit-down dinner party at home. I have had many cocktail parties but this was going to be my first formal sit-down dinner. I was a little nervous especially since our Turkish friends were such fantastic hosts. I can honestly say that Turkish people must have graciousness, generosity, and hospitality encoded in their DNA.

In order to make sure that I provided them with the best evening possible, I called upon all the resources that I have available to me at Martha Stewart -- in other words, I pulled out the big guns...

Chef Pierre Schaedelin prepared a meal that was delicious beyond measure. Martha and Pierre came up with a delectable menu. Tom Borgese -- floral stylist extraordinaire worked his magic and every room in my apartment had his masterpieces displayed to great effect. Tom and I spent the morning of the appointed day at the flower markets on 28th Street and visited all of our favorite vendors. Then last but not least I hired a few waiters from Mint Management to serve and I put in my ipod with a playlist compiled by Kerstin Czarra -- who has the best taste in music of anyone I know and I was off to what was a fantastic evening.

Here's a look at some of the preparations for my dinner party. Tom was kind enough to share some clever and useful tips for preparing flower arrangements...

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Martha Stewart Living's Stylist Tom Borgese has an order of gorgeous autumn branches and leaves soaking in water on my balcony.

1 Martha Stewart Living's Stylist Tom Borgese has an order of gorgeous autumn branches and leaves soaking in water on my balcony.

A cloudy, but comfortable day in the city to be doing a project on a balcony.

2 A cloudy, but comfortable day in the city to be doing a project on a balcony.

The bunch of leaves and branches before being prepped for an arrangement.

3 The bunch of leaves and branches before being prepped for an arrangement.

Here, Tom is taking a look at which branches he wants to use for one of the arrangements for my dinner parties.

4 Here, Tom is taking a look at which branches he wants to use for one of the arrangements for my dinner parties.

Tom needs to use loppers to easily cut through the branches.

5 Tom needs to use loppers to easily cut through the branches.

Tom cuts multiple pieces so he can work little by little for the arrangement.

6 Tom cuts multiple pieces so he can work little by little for the arrangement.

Here he is deciding the length of the branch he needs to cut off.

7 Here he is deciding the length of the branch he needs to cut off.

A rule of thumb (or finger) is if what you are cutting, like a branch, is thicker than your index finger -- then you need to use a lopper tool.

8 A rule of thumb (or finger) is if what you are cutting, like a branch, is thicker than your index finger -- then you need to use a lopper tool.

The branches are cut and ready to be used for the arrangement.

9 The branches are cut and ready to be used for the arrangement.

The colors of the leaves will be the perfect touch to my home to create an ambience of the season.

10 The colors of the leaves will be the perfect touch to my home to create an ambience of the season.

Tom will cut the branch so the leaves will begin at the top of the jar he will be using to place the arrangement in.

11 Tom will cut the branch so the leaves will begin at the top of the jar he will be using to place the arrangement in.

Because the branches are so heavy, an antique Ginger Jar is used for this project to keep the arrangement from falling over.

12 Because the branches are so heavy, an antique Ginger Jar is used for this project to keep the arrangement from falling over.

Tom prepares the bottom of the branches to help the plant receive plenty of drinking water.

13 Tom prepares the bottom of the branches to help the plant receive plenty of drinking water.

This cutting of the bottom of the branch is called scoring.

14 This cutting of the bottom of the branch is called scoring.

Now the arrangement is large enough to make its way to the location it will be at for the the parties.

15 Now the arrangement is large enough to make its way to the location it will be at for the the parties.

The arrangement is just at the start of being put together.

16 The arrangement is just at the start of being put together.

It is relocated to another room in my apartment.

17 It is relocated to another room in my apartment.

Tom begins to trim a few branches.

18 Tom begins to trim a few branches.

Tom carries a few branches to the room where the arrangement is being set up.

19 Tom carries a few branches to the room where the arrangement is being set up.

When deciding where to place such a large arrangement, be sure to think of where your guests are most going to be. This piece may not be the best to put on a dining room table because people will not be able to see over it (unless you did a smaller version of this arrangement).

20 When deciding where to place such a large arrangement, be sure to think of where your guests are most going to be. This piece may not be the best to put on a dining room table because people will not be able to see over it (unless you did a smaller version of this arrangement).

The small extra pieces from this project were simply thrown-out.

21 The small extra pieces from this project were simply thrown-out.

New arrangements have arrived from Folage Garden!

22 New arrangements have arrived from Folage Garden!

This Odontocidium

23 This Odontocidium "Solar Flare" orchids last about a month.

These arrangements are tall and will be perfectly displayed later in the evening on one of my longer tables in my living room.

24 These arrangements are tall and will be perfectly displayed later in the evening on one of my longer tables in my living room.

These orchids touch my dining room chandeliers.

25 These orchids touch my dining room chandeliers.

On to the next flower arrangement project, in my kitchen there are 200 roses sitting in different vases in water.

26 On to the next flower arrangement project, in my kitchen there are 200 roses sitting in different vases in water.

There are multiple types and colors of roses that I will be using in my rose arrangement that will grace my dining room table for my dinner parties.

27 There are multiple types and colors of roses that I will be using in my rose arrangement that will grace my dining room table for my dinner parties.

Here is a close-up of two different types of roses: Capriccio and Metallina.

28 Here is a close-up of two different types of roses: Capriccio and Metallina.

More roses wait to be used for table arrangements.

29 More roses wait to be used for table arrangements.

Here are two tools that will be used to create the rose arrangements: to the left is a pruner and to the right is a stem stripper. Tom placed red tape on the stem stripper because he said he has lost is several times in a pile of leaves -- so it is easier for him to spot with the red tape.

30 Here are two tools that will be used to create the rose arrangements: to the left is a pruner and to the right is a stem stripper. Tom placed red tape on the stem stripper because he said he has lost is several times in a pile of leaves -- so it is easier for him to spot with the red tape.

Julep cups will be used to place the flowers in once they are cut.

31 Julep cups will be used to place the flowers in once they are cut.

Here, Tom uses the stem stripper to take off several extra leaves. This rose is a Sahara.Using the stem stripper makes the job quick and easy and you won't have to come in contact with any nasty thorns.

32 Here, Tom uses the stem stripper to take off several extra leaves. This rose is a Sahara.Using the stem stripper makes the job quick and easy and you won't have to come in contact with any nasty thorns.

Here you can see how the stem stripper easily wraps around the stem of the rose.

33 Here you can see how the stem stripper easily wraps around the stem of the rose.

Leaving a few of the rose leaves is okay. It is best to keep them up top by the rose so the leaves do not go below the water level.

34 Leaving a few of the rose leaves is okay. It is best to keep them up top by the rose so the leaves do not go below the water level.

Here is a Capriccio rose.

35 Here is a Capriccio rose.

I wanted to highlight the different style of roses so we cut them longer. I didn't want them tucked in together -- it keeps guests from seeing the different forms of the roses.

36 I wanted to highlight the different style of roses so we cut them longer. I didn't want them tucked in together -- it keeps guests from seeing the different forms of the roses.

Here is a Metallina rose.

37 Here is a Metallina rose.

Using clean vases is very important for the flowers, also the warmer the water the faster the roses will open.

38 Using clean vases is very important for the flowers, also the warmer the water the faster the roses will open.

Use as much water as possible for most flowers (like roses) in a vase -- for soft-stem flowers use less water. A tip for tulips: the more water used the more the tulips will droop.

39 Use as much water as possible for most flowers (like roses) in a vase -- for soft-stem flowers use less water. A tip for tulips: the more water used the more the tulips will droop.

I picked different roses because they all have a unique look to them.

40 I picked different roses because they all have a unique look to them.

Tom picks off of a few petals to freshen up the look of the Silverstone rose.

41 Tom picks off of a few petals to freshen up the look of the Silverstone rose.

Here is a Juliet rose -- it has a form of a garden rose and has very dense layers inside.

42 Here is a Juliet rose -- it has a form of a garden rose and has very dense layers inside.

A close up of a few of the gorgeous roses.

43 A close up of a few of the gorgeous roses.

See how each rose is able to slope outwardly? This is what you want in order for your flowers to be seen -- the Julep cups are perfect to let the flowers be seen.

44 See how each rose is able to slope outwardly? This is what you want in order for your flowers to be seen -- the Julep cups are perfect to let the flowers be seen.

If you put your roses in a cylender vase, they would stand up straight and it wouldn't show off the roses' faces.

45 If you put your roses in a cylender vase, they would stand up straight and it wouldn't show off the roses' faces.

A few tips to help your roses live longer: keep roses out of the sun as much as possible, change the water as often as you can and give fresh cuts to the bottom of the stems when you change the water.

46 A few tips to help your roses live longer: keep roses out of the sun as much as possible, change the water as often as you can and give fresh cuts to the bottom of the stems when you change the water.

Here is one of the arrangements, there will be many on the table for the dinner parties.

47 Here is one of the arrangements, there will be many on the table for the dinner parties.

A gorgeous view from the top.

48 A gorgeous view from the top.

When you first cut roses, be sure to cut them under running water, that way they won't suck in air. If they suck in air it will block the water from reaching the actual bloom.

49 When you first cut roses, be sure to cut them under running water, that way they won't suck in air. If they suck in air it will block the water from reaching the actual bloom.

Be sure to cut the stems on an angle, the more surface there is the rose will be able to absorb more water. When the rose sits in the vase with a stem cut on an angle then it will be exposed to more water and not sitting flat on the bottom of the vase.

50 Be sure to cut the stems on an angle, the more surface there is the rose will be able to absorb more water. When the rose sits in the vase with a stem cut on an angle then it will be exposed to more water and not sitting flat on the bottom of the vase.

Roses have such a classic look, you really can't go wrong using them as a centerpiece arrangement for any event.

51 Roses have such a classic look, you really can't go wrong using them as a centerpiece arrangement for any event.

The colors look beautiful under the light.

52 The colors look beautiful under the light.

here I am making sure the flowers are arranged in the best way on my dining room table.

53 here I am making sure the flowers are arranged in the best way on my dining room table.

In my living room is where I placed the orchids, their relection in the mirrors are gorgeous!

54 In my living room is where I placed the orchids, their relection in the mirrors are gorgeous!

How stunning does this dining room look?!

55 How stunning does this dining room look?!

I moved my Bromeliads from my living room to the dining room where I will be placing extra cocktail and champagne glasses.

56 I moved my Bromeliads from my living room to the dining room where I will be placing extra cocktail and champagne glasses.

Different size plates have also been set out and are ready to be placed on the dining room table.

57 Different size plates have also been set out and are ready to be placed on the dining room table.

I had to decide with which color linen I would use for napkins. I decided to go to with a more neutral tone.

58 I had to decide with which color linen I would use for napkins. I decided to go to with a more neutral tone.

Chef Pierre takes a look at what I will be using to set the table.

59 Chef Pierre takes a look at what I will be using to set the table.

I love having a beautifully set table for a dinner party. Here I am about to begin setting the table.

60 I love having a beautifully set table for a dinner party. Here I am about to begin setting the table.

Laying out the silverware needs to be done the correct way.

61 Laying out the silverware needs to be done the correct way.

Look how gorgeous the table looks!

62 Look how gorgeous the table looks!

Making sure everything that needs to be on the table has been set in place.

63 Making sure everything that needs to be on the table has been set in place.

Setting up a tray of extra cocktail glasses and champagne glasses in the back of the dining room.

64 Setting up a tray of extra cocktail glasses and champagne glasses in the back of the dining room.

Extra glasses are placed behind the dining room table -- in a location that is easy to get to if someone needs something during dinner.

65 Extra glasses are placed behind the dining room table -- in a location that is easy to get to if someone needs something during dinner.

Making the vases into a straight line.

66 Making the vases into a straight line.

The table is set and ready for dinner!

67 The table is set and ready for dinner!

Chef Pierre making sure everything is where it needs to be.

68 Chef Pierre making sure everything is where it needs to be.

Food is prepared and ready to be cooked!

69 Food is prepared and ready to be cooked!

Chef Pierre goes in to my pull-out-pantry to find a few items he needs to cook dinner.

70 Chef Pierre goes in to my pull-out-pantry to find a few items he needs to cook dinner.

The champagne is chilling in the kitchen.

71 The champagne is chilling in the kitchen.

So I tucked away the candles in their proper place before my guests arrived.

72 So I tucked away the candles in their proper place before my guests arrived.

My trip with Tom Borgese to the Flower District on 28th Street led us to three exquisite vendors: Foliage Garden, 28th Street Wholesale, and A Rose By Harvest.

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For my dinner party, I bought my orchids at Foliage Garden on 28th Street.

1 For my dinner party, I bought my orchids at Foliage Garden on 28th Street.

There is a wide selection of greenery set up outside of the store.

2 There is a wide selection of greenery set up outside of the store.

I love the tall spiral bushes -- perfect for balconies.

3 I love the tall spiral bushes -- perfect for balconies.

Before you even enter the store there is a large selection to pick from.

4 Before you even enter the store there is a large selection to pick from.

The white flowers are beautiful hydrangeas.

5 The white flowers are beautiful hydrangeas.

Here is a current window display.

6 Here is a current window display.

The reindeers will be the perfect touch for the upcoming Christmas holiday.

7 The reindeers will be the perfect touch for the upcoming Christmas holiday.

Making my way to the orchid selection.

8 Making my way to the orchid selection.

The orchids are gorgeous and perfectly displayed.

9 The orchids are gorgeous and perfectly displayed.

I love the details of the two colors on this orchid.

10 I love the details of the two colors on this orchid.

Here is a close-up of the beautiful phalaenopsis!

11 Here is a close-up of the beautiful phalaenopsis!

Look familiar? This plant is an ornamental cabbage.

12 Look familiar? This plant is an ornamental cabbage.

These are paper whites -- when they bloom they are little white flowers.

13 These are paper whites -- when they bloom they are little white flowers.

Bamboo can be found in the back of the store.

14 Bamboo can be found in the back of the store.

Hard at work in the back of the store working on different arrangements.

15 Hard at work in the back of the store working on different arrangements.

There are also small potted plants that can be found throughout the store.

16 There are also small potted plants that can be found throughout the store.

The pattern on these hawthornias is very alluring.

17 The pattern on these hawthornias is very alluring.

You will be amazed at the size of many plants around the store!

18 You will be amazed at the size of many plants around the store!

You may not be able to tell from this photo, but these red poinsettia plants are massive!

19 You may not be able to tell from this photo, but these red poinsettia plants are massive!

A variety of pots are stacked throughout the store.

20 A variety of pots are stacked throughout the store.

Here is a view from the back of the shop.

21 Here is a view from the back of the shop.

White poinsettias are so elegant looking.

22 White poinsettias are so elegant looking.

There are many exotic plants!

23 There are many exotic plants!

A line of different plants and flowers.

24 A line of different plants and flowers.

I love the pattern and texture of the the large leaves in the center of this photograph.

25 I love the pattern and texture of the the large leaves in the center of this photograph.

Another photograph of several orchids.

26 Another photograph of several orchids.

Another beautiful photo in the front of the the Foliage Garden store.

27 Another beautiful photo in the front of the the Foliage Garden store.

Beautiful dendrobium orchids... I love the bright green color!

28 Beautiful dendrobium orchids... I love the bright green color!

Jeff helped me with my order of orchids for my dinner party.

29 Jeff helped me with my order of orchids for my dinner party.

Another stop was made at A Rose By Harvest -- they just recently opened their store this month!

30 Another stop was made at A Rose By Harvest -- they just recently opened their store this month!

The entire store is a walk-in refridgerator and there are hundreds of varieties of roses.

31 The entire store is a walk-in refridgerator and there are hundreds of varieties of roses.

The company has been open since 1997 and originally had 5 different refridgerated trucks that went to several locations including Connecticut, New Jersey, and The Hamptons.

32 The company has been open since 1997 and originally had 5 different refridgerated trucks that went to several locations including Connecticut, New Jersey, and The Hamptons.

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98 percent of the roses in the shop are from Ecuador, other roses are brought in from Japan.

34 98 percent of the roses in the shop are from Ecuador, other roses are brought in from Japan.

Here is Natan Alpert, managing director of Wholesale Floral, Inc. He is a flower expert and was full of interesting facts about roses.

35 Here is Natan Alpert, managing director of Wholesale Floral, Inc. He is a flower expert and was full of interesting facts about roses.

Dozens of colors of roses are in the store, but look closely at other details -- like the way the petals lay and the way the flower opens.

36 Dozens of colors of roses are in the store, but look closely at other details -- like the way the petals lay and the way the flower opens.

Here is the rarest rose in the shop (the yellow roses in the center). Brought from Ecuador, this is a rare mutation of a Judy rose. Natan said the color and the way the flower opens are the rare characteristics of this specific rose.

37 Here is the rarest rose in the shop (the yellow roses in the center). Brought from Ecuador, this is a rare mutation of a Judy rose. Natan said the color and the way the flower opens are the rare characteristics of this specific rose.

The different colors are so bright and breathtaking.

38 The different colors are so bright and breathtaking.

You can find many bicolor roses throughout the store -- a rose that has more than one color.

39 You can find many bicolor roses throughout the store -- a rose that has more than one color.

The price of the roses range from 65 cents to $3 a stem.

40 The price of the roses range from 65 cents to $3 a stem.

Pictured here are freeze-dried roses.

41 Pictured here are freeze-dried roses.

You can wire freeze-dried roses into your arrangements and they last a few weeks!

42 You can wire freeze-dried roses into your arrangements and they last a few weeks!

The roses in the store are organized by height and color.

43 The roses in the store are organized by height and color.

You can see how dense the inside of these roses are by the way the petals lay.

44 You can see how dense the inside of these roses are by the way the petals lay.

The color of these roses is so captivating.

45 The color of these roses is so captivating.

This store really is the place to go if you are in search for the perfect rose.

46 This store really is the place to go if you are in search for the perfect rose.

A bright and beautiful selection!

47 A bright and beautiful selection!

You can buy the roses and arrange them yourself or they will make arrangements for you.

48 You can buy the roses and arrange them yourself or they will make arrangements for you.

There are colors to go with every decorating palette.

49 There are colors to go with every decorating palette.

You can see a difference in the different styles of roses in this photograph.

50 You can see a difference in the different styles of roses in this photograph.

My final stop was for the maple branches -- 28th Street Wholesale shop is located right next to A Rose By Harvest. Pictured here are not maple branches but you can see pear branches and magnolia branches.

51 My final stop was for the maple branches -- 28th Street Wholesale shop is located right next to A Rose By Harvest. Pictured here are not maple branches but you can see pear branches and magnolia branches.

More plants are aligned outside of the store.

52 More plants are aligned outside of the store.

Here are some bright colored Ilex.

53 Here are some bright colored Ilex.

A closer look at the Ilex -- the red will be beautiful to mix in to make a Christmas arrangement next month!

54 A closer look at the Ilex -- the red will be beautiful to mix in to make a Christmas arrangement next month!

The orange round-shaped plant at the top right is called Rose-Hips.

55 The orange round-shaped plant at the top right is called Rose-Hips.

A look inside the shop from the front door.

56 A look inside the shop from the front door.

A selection of flowers can be found inside of the store.

57 A selection of flowers can be found inside of the store.

Throughout the store you can find different greenery.

58 Throughout the store you can find different greenery.

The tulip selection was gorgeous for this time of year.

59 The tulip selection was gorgeous for this time of year.

Boxes of tulips lay displayed.

60 Boxes of tulips lay displayed.

I love the colors of these branches.

61 I love the colors of these branches.

A lovely way to display these would be to lay them flat in a bowl for a simple centerpiece.

62 A lovely way to display these would be to lay them flat in a bowl for a simple centerpiece.

A view from the back of the store.

63 A view from the back of the store.

In the back of the store you can find busy work spaces.

64 In the back of the store you can find busy work spaces.

A selection of cacti are available for simple house plants.

65 A selection of cacti are available for simple house plants.

Other small plants to pot for around your home.

66 Other small plants to pot for around your home.

Bamboo is a cut flower that lasts forever.

67 Bamboo is a cut flower that lasts forever.