Flowers have been a classic Valentine’s Day gift for ages, but more and more people are mixing up their flowers and going beyond the traditional dozen red roses, a local flower shop owner said.
“We will be making all kinds of things because people’s taste is so varied,” said Jane Webb, owner of Seville Flower & Gift, 4 E. Main St., Seville. “We’ll have anything from bud vases and small mixed arrangements all the way up to the classic dozen red roses in vases and large arrangements with lilies and roses.”
Webb said that while red roses are still the classic standby for Valentine’s Day — celebrated Wednesday — there are a lot of creative options for budget-minded individuals, or someone who just wants to switch things up a bit.
Some of those options include a few flowers in a bud vase, having flowers wrapped instead of put in a vase, or choosing less-expensive flowers and adding in a few roses to round out the arrangement.
“There are a lot of ways to say ‘I love you’ and not break a budget,” Webb said.
Sarah Conrad of Bartlett-Cook Flower Shoppe, 125 Main St., Wadsworth, said she thinks roses remain a popular choice for Valentine’s Day because men associate the flower with the day.
“I think men just have it in their mind that that is what a woman wants, so that is what they do,” she said.
Conrad said opting for a less-expensive mixed arrangement can mean having flowers that will stay fresh longer.
“Your daisies and carnations are going to last for a couple weeks, whereas roses, you are lucky to get a week out of them,” she said. “That is what I encourage people to do.”
Conrad said that giving flowers has become so ingrained in the Valentine’s Day tradition, that many women have come to expect them from their significant others.
“I just think it is kind of an expected thing, and women just really like flowers,” Conrad said. “I love it when my husband brings me flowers and I work in a flower shop.”
Jackie Wolf, manager of ArKay Floral & Gifts, 4231 Center Road, Brunswick, said that despite the popularity of a classic red rose, she sees a lot of mixed arrangements being ordered for Valentine’s Day.
“We’ll go do a mixed arrangement in Valentine’s colors — so red, white and pink,” Wolf said.
While many different gifts will be exchanged this Wednesday, Wolf said there is nothing like fresh flowers to add some cheer to the winter holiday.
“It is so gray and gloomy outside through the winter, and come February everybody is ready for spring, they are ready for something to be alive,” she said.
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