This weekend is Valentine’s Day and area florists already are busy preparing lovely arrangements which will go out to loved ones for the holiday.
Shelia Weaver at Yadkin Flower and Gift said orders were down a bit this year with Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday. She said many people choose to have flowers sent to their loved one’s office, but despite Valentine’s Day being on a weekend this year, there are still plenty of orders to fill. The shop will be offering some specials for pick-up on Thursday also. They also will be open until 2 p.m. on Saturday for any last minute Valentine’s Day shoppers.
This year the shop has started a unique new tradition where they include a tiny red heart inside each flower vase.
“We have our heart in our vases,” Weaver said. The heart in the vase, Weaver said, also represents the fact the person giving the flowers is giving a part of their heart to their loved one as well.
As for floral choices for the holiday, red roses are still the classic choice. More and more people, however, are choosing arrangements of mixed flowers, Weaver said. Carnations, daisies and miniature sweetheart roses are popular flowers included in the mixed arrangements.
Weaver also said silk arrangements are a great option for those who may have allergies to real flowers.
Pink and red are still the most popular colors for Valentine’s Day floral arrangements, though Weaver said they sometimes do more unusual colors.
Though all flowers are said to have special meanings, shop owner Sarah Harris said most just choose flowers based on what they like. Red roses, of course, are still the ever popular choice to represent love. While yellow roses are said to represent friendship, Harris said some women just love that color and so that is what roses their partners choose to give them for special occasions.
As to why flowers are such a popular item for Valentine’s Day, Harris said, “I think they like the presentation, their fresh, they smell good and most women they want the roses.”
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