Valentines' Flowers

By: Martha Spencer Email
By: Martha Spencer Email

Love is in the air today as bouquets of flowers fly off the shelves at local florists.

However, there are some things you should know when considering what to get your sweetheart.

Valentines Day has been celebrated since February 14th, 270 AD, the execution day of a young priest by the name of Valentine, who performed marriages for young lovers in secret.

Since then, the gift of flowers has been given to symbolize romance, love, marriage and fertility.

But there are some green alternatives to the traditional bouquet that may have a more lasting presence.

According to J.D. Boone of Dothan Nursery, "A lot of people are buying stuff that doesn’t just look pretty for a couple of weeks then its dead, they're buying stuff they can have in their house for a couple weeks then go plant in their yard."

Baby's breath, the little white flowers that accompany roses, can often impact the price of roses more than the roses themselves.

Primarily grown in central Florida, the price of baby's breath skyrockets if there is a hard freeze before Valentines Day, which in turn affects the cost of bouquets.

BJ Pitts of Sweet Gardenia Inc. in Dothan says, "The highest percent of increase comes from supply and demand and having to ship them; gas prices for flying them, gas prices for flying them in cooler spaces in Miami; those kinds of things are huge influences on prices."

And, if your loved one is allergic to live flowers, you might want to consider silk.

Pitts says, "Silk flowers have come a long way from you know, 20 years ago; they didn’t look realistic at all. Today, you can do a silk flower arrangement that sitting across the room; people don’t know that it’s not fresh."

And, for the future, florists recommend placing your orders at least two weeks in advance to assure quality and timeliness for Valentines Day.

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