I purchased these flowers on my daughter's recommendation. She researched reviews of online floral vendors & Fifty Flowers had very positive feedback. I have zero experience with handling fresh flowers but the instructions given, both through the website & via email, were foolproof. I left them untouched, in a water bucket, for 2 days. When I removed the protective netting, they popped open & were immediately full and beautiful! I wore gloves due to the high tint & that was appropriate. These beauties lasted for close to two weeks. Every guest was able to take home a vase of 3 blooms & they raved about them, asking where I purchased them. My aunt told me that it's not a party unless you have fresh flowers & this was a fabulous occasion!