Roses forever for Valentine's Day

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THIS Valentine's Day what would you like with your bunch of roses?

"Think Dutch still life", he said, referencing paintings that feature arrangements of flowers plucked from fields or gathered from country gardens.

"It's the consolidation of probably two or three weeks of average business into two days", Dorothy McDaniel, the shop's owner, said.

Then there is always the person who waits until the last possible minute. "Believe it or not, there is love in the air and it's a popular time for guys to get engaged", said Patrick Murphy of Murphy Jewelers.

Because there will be a lot of walk-in customers, she tries to have plenty of arrangements on hand.

Canadians buy a lot of roses, according to Statistics Canada, not only did we produce 5.38 million rose stems in 2016, we also imported 11.1 million cut roses and rose buds that same year, mostly from Peru and Ecuador.

Walton said sales are also influenced by the day of the week that Valentine's Day falls on. "It really makes you feel happy you're doing this". And cost is no bar, as the love lorn will shell out anywhere between Rs 1,000 upto Rs 15,000 on flowers for their loved ones!

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"We're just getting started; we've got routes going out putting up orders for Bishop right now and Hawthorne", said Regas.

In a warehouse north of Ecuador's capital, a small, busy army of dexterous workers put the final touches on a shipment of made-to-order roses with tones as diverse as the colors of a rainbow suffused in fragrance capable of seducing even the most demanding nose.

"If you feel like a dozen roses is expensive, you can get one rose that's sure makes somebody smile just to get one rose, you don't need to go insane". People - mostly men - are moved to show their appreciation for their significant other with flowers - mostly roses - on February 14. CFM is city wide block downtown LA wholesale flower market of 30 flower petaler showrooms featuring hundreds of varieties of Valentine's Day flowers up to 70% off retail prices. He says that Valentine's day is their busiest time of the year.

"We've had a substantial number of them just go out of business or change to another crop; it's not easy for them".

Bill McKinley, director of Benz School of Floral Design and senior lecturer in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University, says that a varied arrangement assembled with thoughtful design and the Victorian language of flowers can help maximize the sentiment of love.

In the days before the romantic occasion, florists like Rose's on Pass Road are up to their eyeballs in flowers.

"It had been my ultimate dream to own my own flower shop", Brooks said.

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