Flowers For Valentines Day

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FLORISTS look forward to Valentine’s Day. For the most part, anyway. “We love Valentine’s Day, but we can’t wait until it’s over,” says Rick, a floral designer with D. Wm. Quint florist in Boston. “We know to double our amount of roses, but we can never be prepared enough for last-minute orders.’

Here’s a thought……..Women buying flowers for men on V-Day.  Most often, men receive them in the office and are quite delighted.”

More teen-agers are rising to the occasion, buying flowers for each other and their parents.

Roses are still the No. 1 flower for Valentine’s Day in the United States. Some 24,000 roses were sold per minute on Feb. 14 last year in the US. About 70 million roses will be sold this month, of which 80 percent will be red.

When I  asked women what color they would prefer in roses, most of them surprisingly came up with pastels … peach, mauve, and pink. Which delighted me. I love red roses but lets mixed it up a bit now and then.

Florists may be less busy this year than in recent ones. Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, rather than a weekday, so people are likely to stay go out of town and might not be picking up the usual bouqets.  But online sales to out of town relatives should stay the same.

t’s a romantic day, and all kinds of flowers mean different things to different people, a bowl of gardenias, for example would be smashing.. Violets are still popular, too, as they were 25 years ago when a single rose would be placed in the middle of a violet bouquet, he says.

Making sure the flowers are ready for the holiday falls to the growers, whose preparations may begin the year before. Growers have been working extra hard for weeks. You’ve got to quadruple production for a one-week period. So, lets get out there and support out local growers!

My top choices for your sweetheart are  roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums, as well as trendier flowers such as lilies, gerbera daisies, and freesia.

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But if you’re looking for something different,how about a dozen red tulips?  Mixed bouquets are also popular, especially as people become more knowledgeable about flowers – another trend.

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But nothing beats a dozen red roses

To preserve that glow, you might try this formula for cut-flower bouquets suggested by Doc and Katy Abraham, nationally known horticulturists:

To one quart of water, add 1 tablespoon cane sugar, teaspoon household bleach, and 2 tablespoons citric acid (lime or lemon juice – preferably fresh). Strip off any leaves that will be submerged, and cut off the bottom half inch or so of the stems before putting them in water.

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