We know that size isn’t always the most important factor, like a small bottle of fine perfume is better than a huge bottle of eau de toilette, but St. Valentines Day isn’t one of those times.
You could pick up a small bunch of short roses with your weekly shop, but they won’t get you many brownie points and may in fact have the opposite effect. It’s hardly the world’s most romantic gesture, grabbing a bunch of flowers between your newspaper and veg.
You may be thinking, but I can’t afford a bouquet from a fabulous expert florist – rubbish! All florists cater for a range of budgets, from a single silky rose in a vase, to bouquets of mixed flowers in gorgeous romantic tones. But if you are going to do roses…don’t get it wrong, buy the best you can afford.
The science bit is that roses are graded by length. The length of the stem indicates the size of the flower head. So if you buy very short stems, you are going to get very small flower heads. Florists actually buy their roses by length, they pay extra to get long stems which equal big luscious flower heads and happy customers all round. There are lots rose varieties and they all have their own names like Black Baccara, Ruby Red and Amore. Two of biggest and most luscious are Grand Prix and Red Naomi. Grand Prix is famed for it’s large flower size and velvet like petals. Red Naomi has a very large flower head and an impossible number of petals.
Most good florists have an online shop on their website nowadays, have a look at your local florist’s and if you need any help give them a ring. They are the experts, pick their brains for suggestions, and they will probably tell you which lovely varieties they will be stocking this St. Valentines Day. If you can’t go the whole hog why not send half a dozen roses or bouquet of mixed flowers with a red rose in the centre.
A bouquet from a real florist, will not only have the best quality flowers money can buy. It will be arranged by a skilled expert, have lush foliages like palm leaves to hold the flowers perfectly, and it will be finished with gorgeous gift wrappings and a pretty bow.
Make sure you’re not in the dog’s house on St. Valentines Day, put your trust in the experts and go to your local florist.