Is there anything better than flowers for Valentine’s Day? I do not think so. The flowers can be traditional cut flowers; I love roses, but I also love a bouquet of cut flowers from the garden or an arrangement of flowers and different colors.
A flowering shrub planted in the landscape or a container for the patio is equally impressive, as is a bouquet of fresh herbs tied with a bow. No matter what the gift is, flowers or green things growing; all are beautiful and convey the love feelings of the giver.
Valentine’s Day flower arrangements will last longer with a little home care. Keep the bouquets out of direct sunlight and every two to three days replace or refresh the vase or container with fresh, clean water containing a commercial floral preservative.
If possible, to do this without destroying the arrangements, cut back the flowers by removing 1.5 to 2 inches of stem. However, new research suggests that many cut flowers do well in fresh, high-quality water without preservatives.
Gardeners love flowers! However, many lovers decide not to give flowers to the gardener in their life on Valentine’s Day because they think that their gardener has indeed enough flowers. Not true! How about a basket full of tropical bulbs for the garden?
This is the time of year when people in more northern areas start looking for narcissus, crocus and hyacinth bulbs to pop out of the ground. Top choices for southern gardeners include Aztec Lily, Amazon Lily, Blood Lily, Gloriosa, Rain Lily, Tritonia, Tuberose, and Watsonia. We hold a special place in our hearts for those who know we love receiving flowers too.
A gift from the heart to the gardener who holds your heart is always appreciated. A book of homemade gift certificates for your gardener will be welcome. Coupon suggestions include several for an hour of weeding the garden, passes to local environmental-themed shows, and one for searching the internet to find Florida-friendly heirloom seeds for the vegetable patch. of autumn.
Roses are the most popular flowers given on Valentine’s Day. Favorite flowers are red roses, but many other shades of roses are available. There are meanings associated with the color of the given rose, although experts may disagree with these meanings. As a rule, red roses symbolize passionate love.
In the language of roses, yellow roses have been associated with jealousy and infidelity, although they are sometimes seen as a symbol of joy and friendship.
White roses are said to symbolize purity of mind and soul. Those who receive white roses are considered angelic by the giver. Additionally, pink roses indicate friendship, admiration, and poetic love and are often given as a token of thanks.
Lavender roses mean love at first sight; orange rose flowers denote enthusiasm and desire; and variegated or mixed red and white roses symbolize unity.
Consider giving beautiful, eye-catching flowers on Valentine’s Day to all your friends, family, and darlings. Visit a local florist, garden center, green market or nursery for green and flowery gifts. Keep in mind: gardeners and guys also like to receive flowers.
Carol Cloud Bailey is a landscape consultant and horticulturist. Send your questions to [email protected] or visit www.yard-doc.com for more information.