Business booms for local florists on Valentine's Day

Don Kinzler Growing Together gardening columnist

Don Kinzler Growing Together gardening columnist

The ARA expects florists will have worked 48 hours straight in the lead-up to Valentine's Day, traditionally the busiest day on the calendar for the industry.

Commonwealth Bank's latest spending data has revealed Australians spent more than $23 million on Valentine's Day previous year. The florists can't encourage people to have their arrangements delivered a few days in advance, because people won't be in the office to enjoy them for as long. Now's the time to get your flower orders in.

"We've raised our rose prices $1, we haven't raise them in three years, so $1 per rose", said Cyndi Lacelle, owner of Village Florals in New Hartford. With the holiday fast approaching, flower shops are gearing up for a busy week. Prolonging the life of attractive blooms is a priority for those who want their Valentine's Day arrangements to endure as long as possible. The week before the actual holiday, employees will work around the clock putting together arrangements to be delivered. This year, he bought a red sequin jacket for the occasion.

Owner of House of Flowers, Kassie Baker said when Valentine's Day falls on a week day it is more hard to predict the number of flowers they will need. "What worked last year may not work this year".

He's got nothing on floral designers, who will field last-minute orders through Wednesday. "We are definitely doing very well".

"They're classic, you know", Viviano said.

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Due to the French influence in New Orleans , Mardi Gras remains a rich custom for the Cajun and Creole people of Louisiana. This cake, rich in color and flavor, originated in France in 1870 as a cross between a coffee cake and a French pastry.

Monday represented the calm before the storm, which will roll in Tuesday.

When love is in the air, Canadians do a lot of shopping online, according to Mastercard's annual Love Index.

The most odd request was when someone brought in a portable heater to be delivered with a bunch of flowers.

Time's running out on getting your sweetie something for Valentine's Day.

Since red and pink roses make up close to 90 percent of the flowers purchased on Valentine's Day, whether you're giving or receiving, there's a pretty good likelihood that roses will end up being part of the game plan if you intend on celebrating the most romantic day of the year. Cutting at an angle allows for better water intake since they aren't sitting flat on the bottom of a vase.

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