Roses are red, violets are blue, everyone buys roses on Valentine’s Day- but why should you?
With a long-stemmed history as the flower one gives to a lover, the red rose is at it’s peak sales day every February 14th. Along with the huge demand, the short, dark days of winter are also a factor in pricing roses at their all time high for the year. You don’t want to be cheap, but if you share a checking account, an expensive vase might take the petal off the rose. Fresh flowers are the perfect way to romance a sweetheart and while roses may seem expensive every February, there are thousands of different stems to help you count the ways you love someone. Why not show your sweetheart you value their love by choosing a flower that shows both your creativity and your eye for value. Here are several stems that get overlooked, but not overpriced, on Valentine’s Day.
With spring just around the corner, tulips are just starting to show up more regularly in a florist’s cooler. Both pink and red tulips symbolize love in the Victorian language of flowers, while oranges ones are said to signify many happy years. Newer purple and burgundy colored cultivars are eye-catching and look lovely in a plain, glass vase. Usually sold in a bunch, you can find 5-10 stems for under $20 and arrange them easily yourself or have a florist put together something stunning with a few greens and filler flowers. Tulips are fresh and will show someone you’re fond of and early glimpse of spring.
Roses are certainly lovely in shape and form, but few flowers beat the brightness and joy of the hardy sunflower. A surprising favorite of many, the big, yellow heads of these cheerful flowers stand out on a cold, February day and actually seem to warm the air a little. If there’s someone who has that affect on you, why express it with a cliche of red roses when you can return the warmth with a few big, goofy blooms of sunflowers wrapped in brown, butcher paper and tied with twine? A good florist will know to add a few greens and wildflowers like Monte Casino asters or dianthus for a bit of flair.
This flower has it all. Tall, fluffy and fragrant as a French perfume, the flowering stock comes in soft colors of lavender, pink and white. With a sweeter smell than roses and a much lower price, these flowers deserve a holiday of their own. The look great mixed with almost anything, particularly star-gazer lilies, but for a simple and elegant vase for wooing, choose an all white bouquet.