The last day of Carol Marine's workshop in Santa Fe, Nancy's (one of the other students) husband gave each of us a rose. Since I was driving back to Colorado Springs, I put mine in a bottle of water and propped it between several boxes in the back of the car. This rose lasted for more than one week. It was incredible. Must have been a combintion of rose genetics, bottled water, kind thoughts and a great ending to a great workshop. Harlteys: this one's for you!