Myth: Valentine’s is just for couples

F250_13So much attention is spend around Valentine’s Day on couples- from new relationships to those who have been married for 50 years. Love isn’t just reserved for sweethearts, though. Love could, and should, be expressed between any meaningful relationship.

candy and bear valentines gift It always makes our staff say “awwww” when a dad sends a special Valentine to his daughter letting her know that she will forever be his princess. A simple, sweet budvase or candy and bear package is perfect for a school-age child. For pink and white rosesacontemporary valentines day flower arrangementmodern flower arrangement daughter in college we like a mixed arrangement or a modern design that will be the talk of the dorm. Valentine’s flowers for mom, grandma or sisters is also a common variation for this “love” holiday.

And don’t forget…men like flowers, too! There is no rule that flowers are only for women and we send flowers to men every day. So there is no reason to mope if you happen to be single this Feb. 14- celebrate the love that is all around you!

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Alternatives to roses for Valentine’s Day

Roses for Valentine’s Day, right? It doesn’t have to be.

Although roses are the traditional flower choice for Valentine’s Day there are a myriad of choices to express your love.

If You Want to Stay with Red:

F260_13Red is the color of love so choosing a flower in this color still holds the implied message.  Tulips are a popular choice and they have such a unique nuance about them. Tulips continue to grow after their stems are cut so they take on a life of their own, changing each day.

valentines flowers eugene, orGerbera daisies are refreshing and cheerful. Their deep red hue looks amazing in a mixed, traditional bouquet or designed in a contemporary, modern fashion.

Valentines Vase arrangementsCarnations are ideal for a traditionalist and come at a fraction of the price. Steer clear of babies breath and ask for the carnations to be created in a low container for an updated look.

A mixed red bouquet can include a variety of flowers that are available including alstromeria, carnations, hypericum berries, gerbera daisies, or ranunculus.

If You Want to Impress with Modern Elegance:

tropical flowers delivered eugene unique valentines flowers eugene, or Tropical flowers are the perfect way to send something different. They are incredibly long-lasting and have fun colors and textures. Personally, I think a vase of all orchids looks stunning all on its own. Heart-shaped anthurium and ginger come in Valentine’s colors but any tropical arrangement will be impressive.

large valentines bouquets flowers delivered eugene, orvalentines bouquets eugeneHydrangea is also a great choice with its fluffy, cloud-like blossoms. Soft white hydrangea paired with pink or red flowers is elegant and can fit into any budget.

F250_13After roses, stargazer lilies are the most popular flower choice for Valentine’s Day. Their sweet fragrance fills the air and they have a beautiful pink color.

Card Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Are you stumped on what to say on your Valentine’s Day card? The most important thing is that it is sincere and heartfelt. But if you need a little inspiration we have some ideas to get you started.

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  • “You have brought sunshine into my life. Happy Valentine’s Day”
  • “I hope your Valentine’s is as special as you are to me”

For a Long-Term Relationship

  • “If I had to choose whether to breathe or to love you, I would use my last breath to tell you that… I love you.”
  • “I love you even when you hog the bed”
  • “The laughter, the smiles, and the tears, the memories we’ve shared through the years, a love on which I can depend, my sweetheart, my forever friend.”
  • “You are my partner, my sweetheart, my confidant and adviser, my comforter and friend. You are my quiet place away from the rest of the world.”

If You Send Your Flowers Early

  • Sending flowers early on the 12th or 13th with a card message that says “I just couldn’t wait to say ‘I love you’ ” is a great idea. Since Valentine’s lands on a Friday this year this allows your Valentine to enjoy her flowers at school or the office for longer and makes you look great.

Valentine’s for Daughters & Mothers breakfast in bed

  • “Life is filled with lots of things that make it all worthwhile, but none is better than your little smile.”
  • “Be my love bug”
  • “A wish for a Valentine’s Day as sweet as you are”
  • “Thank you for showing me the meaning of love”
  • “You have loved me from the start and showed me how to love in return. Happy Valentines Day, Mom”

Why Roses for Valentines?

Everyone knows that the traditional and iconic flower for Valentine’s Day is the long stem red rose. Why is this?

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Well, Valentine’s Day actually originated during the Roman Empire as a celebration of Saint Valentine who, it was believed, performed weddings for soldiers forbidden from marrying as well as ministering to Christians. He was later executed by Emperor Claudius II- Valentine’s Day is actually an official religious holiday in various denominations.

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Red: Love, Respect

Red: Love, Respect
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After centuries of traditions becoming associated with the holiday the red rose now stands as the most widely recognized symbol. Red roses convey the message of love, passion and desire. During the Victorian era, flowers were commonly sent to convey complex meanings and messages as each flower had a specific meaning attached to it. This idea was the center of the popular book “The Language of Flowers”.

All flowers are beautiful but to send a clear message that says “I love you”, the red rose is the winner, hands down. A simple, single rose (at any time of the year) is a sweet gesture and send 3 dozen or 4 dozen long stem red roses REALLY makes the message clear.

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As a florist, part of the reason I love Valentine’s Day (apart from the sleep deprivation and very tired hands/feet) is talking with customers who want so much for their feelings to be expressed. The gentleman who looks over each rose and selects just the right one to be wrapped and taken home reminds me of why we do what we do. He wants to show his love. He wants it to be just right. It is just so sweet and I get to be there to help assure him she will love it and to make it special.

So whether it is a single rose budvase or a room full of roses, the message is the same. You are loved.Valentines Rose Winner

Men’s Guide to Valentine’s Flowers

1). You can’t go wrong with roses. Red long-stem roses are still the #1 hit for Valentine’s Day because women love them and probably always will.

2). Make it personal. Tell your florist a hobby or passion that she loves and allow the florist to create something that incorporates that. This will show her that a) you listen and b) you care.

3). Get the most bang for your buck. Have the flowers delivered to her at work where everyone can ooh & aah over how sweet you are. She may insist that it is embarrassing but everyone loves a public display of affection. Women want flowers and want everyone else to know they received them.

4). Don’t forget about the card message. It’s as important to women as the flowers themselves. Be yourself but if there was ever a time to lay it on thick…it’s now. Don’t be afraid to ooze love & romance. It’s what women want. Check out some ideas here…

5). Order early. We all love to procrastinate (myself included) but you really want to plan ahead if at all possible. This will ensure that what you order will be available. This is especially true if you want something other than red roses. The more specific you are, the more time you need to allow the florist to obtain what you are looking for.

Remember…it’s about love. If worse comes to worse stop by the flower store on the big day and pick something out to hand to your sweetie in person. And nothing beats a hand-written note!

WIN a Valentine’s Day Bouquet

Win one of our Valentine’s Day bouquets!!  

All this week we are running a contest on Facebook for a chance to win our Valentine’s Day bouquet. We want you, our fans, to name our arrangement and the person who comes up with the winning name…wins the arrangement!

Just leave your comment with your name idea and the winner will be announced on Facebook next week. Even fans from out of town can compete and if they win, we’ll send them a gift certificate!

So put your thinking caps on…