Official 2016 Valentine Rose

Despite the fact that 90% of red supermarket roses are Classy (by name), last year's official Valentine's Day rose was the medium-sized, deep Red Berlin. This year, however, it's on to something a bit less mysterious with a lot more 'show.' It's called Explorer, which is an Ecuadorian rose that is commercially available through Royal Flowers.

As you can see, though pictures simply can't do it justice, the rose is a bright saturated red hue with bi-sheen petals that give a two-tone illusion. The 'bright' reflective areas of the petals exude a white-violet essence that is almost invisible, yet noticeable enough to catch your attention. It's an extroverted rose, whereas many of the red roses are dark, brooding and modest. There's a flair of drama with the color change effect that makes these roses stand out from all the other red roses in the room!

If you're doing the rose thing this Valentine's Day, then be sure to order Explorer red roses by name. This does, however, require that you put some thought and effort into the holiday and not simply pick up what's left after work before heading home. I've said this a million times, "Valentine's Day isn't a drive-thru holiday from rush hour after work to bed time." It's a full and complete day. Enjoy it!

Here are some other great red roses that you can see are just marvelous, with the inclusion of Explorer at the top, second from the right. Are you on board with this year's official Valentine's Day rose pick? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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