Beloved Flower Lover,
Are red roses unimaginative?
For some, the red roses has become unoriginal and lacklustre. Which might even feed into other ideas about a dull, boring romantic life. It takes away the idea of an inspired celebration. We suggest working together to use other flowers to reflect your romantic. This can be a process for singletons as well as for those involved in a long term relationship.
The red rose is still very popular and supply outstrips demand making the price rise. It is not the best time of year for roses and many get held back in freezers and brought out for the big day.
What alternatives are there?
One of the flowers we love for Valentine’s is the Ranunculus. They are a relative of the humble buttercup. They look like small peonies, last around seven to ten days, and reach their crowning glory the day before they perish. Poppies or a mass of tulips or even some scented Narcissus if your budget is limited. They can all create a sense of giving without limits and feeling joyful about your loved ones.
I’ve got money to spend but want something long-lasting. What should I buy?
We always recommend cut orchids. Why? Phalaenopsis last two weeks and Cymbidium may last three or four weeks, which is actually sensational floral value. Another exquisite flower at this time of year, which lasts for ten days easily, is Amaryllis. Imagine a bouquet of Pussy Willow with a few stems of Amaryllis – sublime.
How do I make my Valentine’s bouquet last?
All flowers benefit from a thoroughly clean vase; treat it like you’re going to drink out of it. You need to cut the stems off the flowers with a slanted cut to allow the maximum amount of water to rise up to the flower head. When you receive the bouquet and prepare it for your vase, remove all foliage that is going to be under the water line as that will cause bacteria and shorten the life of your flowers. It’s really important to use a sachet of flower food in the vase as this acts as a sugar and also an anti-bacterial agent. Always change the water and re-cut the stems every day to improve the life of your flowers.
Where would I find an eco-friendly bunch of flowers?
The only way of really knowing that you have an eco-friendly bunch of flowers is to grown them yourself! We have been told that growing flowers under glass in the UK is just as damaging to the environment as flying in some roses from Kenya, Ecuador or Columbia. Instead, you could choose some Narcissus or snowflakes from local growers.
My loved one is prone to sneezing. What should I buy?
The safest choice is tropical flowers: heart shaped Anthurium or orchids would be best.
What are the pitfalls of ordering flowers online and how do I avoid them?
We would recommend that you use an online florist that you know and trust. However if you want originality, imaginative, original ideas that you are never going to get an ingeniously artistic creative handmade, designed bunch from a factory. It is so not the same as talking to people like us, or going to your local flower shop or stall. If you want a visionary, inspirational design reflecting your relationship, you may find that many of the well-known internet companies use the same companies to facilitate their internet orders and so the choice online maybe more limited than the customer initially perceives. We would suggest talking to us. Or to your local florist who can reflect your vision.
What sort of flowers should I buy for a man?
We have come to know that, Blue Hyacinths are a favourite of Sir Terence Conran; Norman Foster likes all one type of flower in a primary colour. Apparently, Jon Snow loves some scent and likes garden flowers. We have noticed that men enjoy the thought and enjoy a range of colours. Possibly in a primary colours such as red, yellow and blue rather than pastels.
I don’t live near a florist. Will shop-bought do?
If you don’t have access to an independent flower shop, we recommend buying lots of one type of flower and colour from a supermarket and re-wrapping it in some same colour tissue and a bow to improve the presentation. Please trust you own inspired inventive instincts on style and freshness. And remember if your creativity suggests its ok to choose something other than red roses from a multiple supplier, then it is.
Remember, this is a season to express love.
Who do I give valentine flowers to?
Anyone who you want to send a message of appreciation. This includes yourself, girlfriends, and guy-friends, along with your intimate lover.
You can let go off the idea of specialness, which suggest that your intimate relationship is your only source of love. Play big and take the opportunity to share love with all those you love.Your self included!
The London Flower Lover
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