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SONY DSCValentine’s Day is nearly upon us, why not show your loved ones how much you care by letting us create an entirely unique to them (and you) bouquet or floral display? There’s nothing quite like answering the door on February 14th to a beautiful bouquet of flowers. With Shrinking Violet Bespoke Floristry you can be sure that we will add a truly personal touch to your message of love.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for what flowers to choose for the perfect declaration of love, let us introduce you to the rose, queen of flowers. Or you can place your order right now.

Roses are as popular today as they have ever been and are the world’s most traded flower. In Europe alone 9 billion roses change hands every year with more than 1000 varieties available for sale. The famous Dutch auction houses alone sell nearly 900 rose varieties.

Red roses are the most commonly used Valentine’s Day flower, and that’s unsurprising as the symbolic meaning is that of love and respect. However, what about other colours?

  • White: true love, pure, dignity
  • Pink: happiness, gratitude, purity
  • Orange: longing, appreciation, sympathy
  • Yellow: intimate friendship, solidarity

But it’s not just the rose colour that has meaning, also the heart-shaped petals represent love and trust, while the thorns indicate that life and love is not always rosy.

We love using roses as the flower alone is perfect and so beautiful that they are almost unreal. The colour that we enjoy using with red roses is purple and the flower that we often use is Limonium overig ‘Maine Blue’ which comes from the Greek word leumon, ‘meadow, lasting beauty’, if used along with a touch of white such as a spray rose or gypsophila the colours all complement one another beautifully.

But it doesn’t all have to be about roses. Tulips are another favourite at this time of the year.  If you gave someone a tulip in the 16th century, you were giving them a treasure. At that time the flower was phenomenally popular and there was a speculative trade in tulip bulbs. For the price of one tulip bulb you could buy an entire canal house in Amsterdam. Those times have passed, but a festive bunch of tulips in your home will still make you feel fortunate.

Tulips are given on many occasions, the ever-cheerful tulip comes in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green or with multi-coloured petals. The tulip’s shapes are also a feast for the eye: varieties are available with a single or double row of petals, eye-catching fringed and parrot tulips with serrated petals and the playful lily tulip.

Just as with roses, when you give someone tulips, you are also giving them a message. Red tulips mean passionate love and black tulips you are saying: “I love you so much that I will sacrifice everything.” – Powerful stuff!

So, make a statement of love with roses or tulips or whatever takes your fancy! We have a dozen red roses available for £30 and other bouquets can be ordered through our shop as normal. Or call us to discuss your specific requirements. But all orders must be placed no later than 9th February to avoid disappointment!

And if you don’t have a special someone to buy you roses or tulips this year, why not treat yourself as they always bring joy whatever the occasion!