Finding flowers for Valentine's Day

Different flowers express different feelings

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

A rose

Back in elementary school, hardcore romantics toiled for days with sequins, sparkle glue, smelly markers, doilies, pink and red construction paper and emotionally charged original poetry to make the perfect, homemade Valentine’s Day card.

Several years and many cheesy romantic comedies later, expectations have grown. If you’re after the wow-factor, small-time arts and crafts just won’t do, no matter how much they sparkle.

In the grown-up game of love (and lust), giving flowers is a classic romantic gesture.

Different flowers send different messages, so choosing the right flower is crucial.

“On Valentine’s, red roses are a classic,” says Kait Pavletich, a third-year honours business administration student. “Roses are the romantic and sexy flower to buy.”

For anyone looking for something more unique, David Friesen, owner of the Boxwoods flower shop on Richmond Street, suggests giving your special someone tulips.

“Tulips are the cute alternative,” Pavletich says. “Tulips say this could be the beginning of something great.”

Friesen says white and red roses are very popular. However, he feels a combination of “something white and green” is a beautiful, unique alternative.

Non-flower connoisseurs aren’t alone.

According to Friesen, many people “don’t really know what they’re looking for. They have something in mind but have trouble describing it or don’t know what [the flowers] are called.”

Friesen encourages people to ask for assistance if they’re unsure of what flower sends what message.

For broke students hoping to say something special without giving their wallet a beating, 40 tulips cost less than 12 roses.

Thinking about buying your loved one flowers?

“Order early! ASAP!” Friesen says.

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