Flowers, branches, vegetables, plants, fruit on branches, ferns & pods amongst many other unusual flora & fauna are shipped daily to the NYC flower market which is a hustle & bustle of trucks, stylists, event planners, visual merchandisers & designers stretched out over two blocks on 28th St between 5-7th with a couple leaking out on 6th Ave. I have bought soooo many roses for shoots over the years at this market that have been shipped in from South America. You know which ones are from where by the packaging. South American roses are wrapped in an outer layer of fine, white printed corrugated cardboard with the individual heads woven with a butcher-like paper. They come in a dozen, scentless & mostly very long stemmed and de-thorned. They need to be released from their surrounds, in order to breathe & open if using them for a shoot & I mostly cut them right down. There is a HUGE variety of colours & variegation.
On my recent trip to Ecuador, the loose location of rose coming from South America, became very specific. They are mostly from this area & I visited one of the hundreds of farms! I like to know the source of the things I purchase & although the factories lacked some charm, the countryside was breathtaking & it was interesting to see roses growing as far as the eye can see!