Sunday, December 14, 2008

Every rose has a thorn - Naivasha

This week, the wonderful Mahmud Abdulla of Lake Flowers in Naivasha treated us to a tour of his greenhouses. The gorgeous roses they grow at Lake Flowers are sent all over the world.

Our tourguide Yobes gathers the troops and sets some stern ground rules before we begin:

We see how roses are cut:

And grafted:

Yobes tells us lots of interesting things about the right temperature, humidity levels and even the reasons why every rose has a thorn.

Cheeky little Joy on Alice's back:

We see 5 of the greenhouses

On our way out, we see these 3 workers carrying the cut roses to the grading room:

In the grading room, flowers are categorized by height and packed in bunches of 20:

Then put into the cooler:

We leave with this beautiful bouquet of roses:

Thank you Mahmud, Yobes and everyone at Lake Flowers for this funucational Sunday.

And a special thank you to Bernard Muinde for driving the kids to Naivasha. We hope you and your kids enjoyed hanging out with us for the day!

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