Tips For Long Lasting Garden Roses

The naturalistic look and seductive fragrance of old garden roses are the stuff of poetry, but they have never done well off the vine. The blooms of these temperamental dowagers of old Europe appear only briefly, and if you cut them, they last a bare three days in a vase. Since World War II, the old rose has been increasingly replaced in gardens and bouquets by the upstart hybrid tea rose, the denizen of Valentine’s Day deliveries that sacrifices the old rose’s cabbage head and powerful scent for consistent and frequent blooms. Don’t let your floral arrangements fall prey to the conventional roses and enjoy the beauty of garden roses with these 3 tips for long-lasting roses:

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1. Recut the stems under warm tap water with a clean, sharp knife or pruner. Cut on a 45-degree angle to produce as much surface area as possible, making it easier for the flower to take in water.

2. Use a clean vase. Bacteria can shorten cut roses’ life by blocking the stems. Fill with lukewarm water, and add the floral food that’s provided. Keep out of direct sun and in a cool room, if possible.

3. Change the water and recut the stems every couple of days to promote water uptake.

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We have been introducing you to One Fine Day Events’ collection of Private Estates for Lake Tahoe weddings and events and today we would like to highlight another lakefront property – The Lakefront Cottage Estate! This estate, tucked along the coast of the West Shore, has a gorgeous green lawn, and a panoramic backdrop of the lake. See below for a few images from a wedding designed and planned by One Fine Day Event and photography from Mike Larson.

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A flat, lush lawn accommodates the perfect ceremony, with plenty of room for all of your guests to settle in and listen to your vows as you become husband and wife.

 

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A beautifully appointed tent protects your guests from the elements while letting them enjoy an al fresco dinner amongst the fresh mountain air.

 

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If you’d like to learn more about this gorgeous lakefront estate, please contact One Fine Day Events at hello@onefinedayevents.com.

Photos courtesy of Mike Larson Photography

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Our private estate tour with One Fine Day Events continues today with a property that invokes visions of tropical isles, Caribbean beaches, and warm sun. The Gold Coast Estate is nestled down in the quiet and tranquil cove of Rubicon Bay. The golden sandy beaches and tropical water meet pine trees and meadow making it the perfect place to have a wedding isolated from the rest of the world.

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With toes tucked in the sand for the ceremony and dinner amongst a canopy of pine trees, this venue really showcases everything that is so wonderful in Tahoe all wrapped up in one luxuriously private lakefront venue.

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Lounge furniture sprinkled on the beach with dancing amongst the stars, this is the perfect lakefront wedding celebration estate!

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Photos courtesy of Mike Larson Photography

Interested in booking The Gold Coast Estate for your wedding? Contact One Fine Day Events!

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A new spate of online registries offer presents you won’t find at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, or Williams-Sonoma. At Newlywish, you can register for experiences, such as dance lessons, wine tastings or ballet performances. You can sign up for bedding and dinnerware on the site as well, with choices from more than 40 independent stores. And to make things a little easier, bachelorette shower packages, bridesmaids gifts, and welcome bags are also available–so you can spend less time planning wedding-related events and more time looking for something you’ll love forever.

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For the Do-Gooders, I Do Foundation makes it easy for you to give back by offering multiple ways for your guests to make charitable contributions. Create a registry where all the gifts are charitable contributions, or make a more traditional one through I Do Foundation partner stores and 5% of all purchases will benefit the charity of your choice.

Oenophiles unite! Those who can’t get enough of pinot and cabernet can now celebrate their nuptials by giving guests the opportunity to contribute vintages to their very own wine cellar at WineEnthusiast.com. Register for cases, bottles and all necessary accessories for your own wine bar, from personalized wine glasses and decanters to wine fridges, hi-tech cork screws and aerators.

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We invited the ladies at One Fine Day Events to show off some of their favorite Lake Tahoe private estates that are perfect for summer weddings. Today, they are starting the tour by introducing The Sandy Shores Cove Estate. Nestled atop a bluff and protected by the wind, Sandy Shores Cove boasts a gorgeous lawn, a lodge-style home, and access to a private sandy beach. Tall old growth pine trees surround the perimeter of the property, creating the perfect overhead canopy for an open air or clear tent reception. The long stretch of lawn creates plenty of space for spreading out the ceremony, cocktails, dinner,and dancing. Plus, no matter where you are on the property, you have a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe!

sandy shores 1 This property really captures the essence of what Lake Tahoe has to offer – beauty, comfort, and a secluded space for you to enjoy a night of celebrating your wedding!

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One Fine Day Events has produced several stunning weddings at this property. If you are interested in this property or even just chatting about One Fine Day’s services, you can find our contact information by clicking here.

Photography from Mike Larson.

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Q.

I’m close to my coworkers but not my boss. If I invite them, do I have to invite her, too?

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Once upon a time, the answer would be yes, you do. But as workplaces have evolved—with more people telecommuting or working in a satellite office—so, too, has the etiquette surrounding them. Ultimately, it comes down to your specific environment. Say you work at a large company where interaction with the boss is minimal. you’re probably safe including just your chummiest coworkers. If your job scene is more intimate, though, and your sweet soiree is likely to be the talk of the office come Monday, you might spare hurt feelings by biting the bullet and inviting your boss. In the end, it’s your call—at the wedding, you’re the boss.

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We’re having an engagement party. Should we expect guests to bring gifts?

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Etiquette doesn’t call for it, but most people want to give a token to any honoree, whether it’s a birthday or an anniversary dinner; this event is no different. Unless you explicity say “no presents, please” on the invitations, most people will show up with one in hand, so set up your registry early enough to offer eager givers options. Simply and discretely put the info on your wedding website, or let your bridesmaids of moms divulge the deets.

Of course, not everyone will come bearing gifts, so don’t make a big deal out of the ones you do receive. We suggest saving opening your presents after guests have left. Then, as you already know, send a gracious ‘thank you’ note to let them know how much you appreciated the thought and gift.

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What are your suggestions for finding a hair and makeup artist?

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Start by asking for recommendations from recent brides whose bridal style looks you liked. Our Tahoe Unveiled Vendor Guide lists multiple wedding hair and makeup stylists we love and have personally worked with. Talk to your photographer too–most have worked with reputable pros and can recommend one. Start looking for hair and makeup artists five to six months in advance, especially in the Lake Tahoe area. You can also test out a few ahead of time to see whose work you like best.

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