Picking Flowers this Valentine’s Day
Through history, what started as a day to write love notes to your Valentine has grown into one of the busiest days of the year for florists worldwide. One of these florists is Catherine from Flower Girl Singapore. Here she shares her top tips for choosing and picking flowers in a tropical climate.
History of Valentine’s Day
There are several stories on how and why we celebrate Valentine’s Day, the most common linking it to a famous saint, St Valentine, a priest in the third century AD. Marriage in Rome during this time had been banned by Emperor Claudius II, because he thought married men made bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When he was found out, he was sent to jail and sentenced to death. Whilst in jail he fell in love with the jailers daughter, and when he was killed he signed her love letter “love your Valentine”.
During the Middle Ages it was commonly believed in France and England that February was the beginning of the birds mating season, which added to the idea that February, Valentine’s Day being the middle date, is the day for romance.
When to Order Flowers
This Valentine’s, if you are choosing to order from a local florist, get organised early to plan and secure the freshest blooms in your style. Think outside the box and consider ordering a week before Valentine’s Day (ah hum February 14 if you need reminding). Be “too good to wait for the 14th”. The whole month of February is the month of love.
Some Advice on Roses
Red roses are a common request for Valentines Day, however they are often not the wisest choice in this tropical climate. Roses are often imported in huge quantities, often poorly farmed and transported during this frantic time of year from China, India, Holland and Africa. I would encourage you to discuss other options with your florist to look at blooms that are lasting.
Classic white lilies, rich red and green Australian natives are a lush, scented and romantic option. In addition, I love that Valentine’s lies closely with Chinese New Year; What could be nicer that a naturally wrapped selection of cherry blossom branches? Divine! Stand out in the crowd this year, and choose something different, and attach the most important thing to your blooms, a message of love, kindness and joy.
Caring for Flowers
Deliver with a kiss, smile, and care for your blooms by keeping them in clean sterilised water. Trim the ends and remove any cellophane or plastic packaging – these blooms need to breath not sweat in plastic.
Keep them cool, and well sprayed with moisture. Look after them and they will look after you!