1. Make sure they’re fresh…
You wouldn’t give them chocolates that are past their sell-by date so don’t do the same with your blooms. If you’re buying them in person, check they’re super-fresh by gently feeling the part of the petal that meets the stem. The firmer this part, the fresher the flower.
2. … and long lasting
If the flowers are a symbol of your love, what 's your date going to think if they’ve drooped by February 15th? To help them stay true and long lasting, make sure the stems are trimmed with a sharp knife (not blunt scissors!) and plunged into fresh, clean water in a squeaky clean vase.
3. Dare to be different
They might be the flower synonymous with Valentine’s Day, but grabbing a bunch of red roses doesn’t exactly show much thought or imagination. Try to find out their favourite flowers beforehand (wandering past a few florists will help). Failing that, think about a favourite colour or fragrance and ask the florist to help you choose an arrangement that reflects their character.
4. Make her smile… not sneeze
You want to give your love fever in the Nina Simone sense, not hayfever. If the object of your affections is an allergy sufferer, steer clear of heady blooms, such as hyacinths, chrysanthemums and sunflowers that could have them sneezing and streaming. Instead opt for flowers such as hydrangea, hosta, tulips, iris and lilies.
5. Make it personal
If you’re busy with work, it could be tempting to just whip out your credit card and order something online from a major online retailer. But you won’t know exactly what you’re getting or how the flowers have been affected in transit. If you can, choose your flowers in person from an independent florist where you can handpick a bouquet that you know will reflect the unique style and personality of your date.
Is your flower candle ready? Show us how it looks on our Instagram and Facebook pages with the hashtag #funnyhowflowersdothat. Got a little more love to give? Surprise your loved one with a delicious rose punch, put your feelings on this floral stationery, or show your feelings with a bouquet that symbolises your love. Buy your Valentine's bouquet at your local florist, or order your flowers online!