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Get a head start on Valentine's Day flowers

by webdev

January 07, 2011

New Year's Eve may have just passed us by, but that only means retailers and flower merchants are gearing up for Valentine's Day, which, in reality, is just over a month away.

If you're starting to think in terms of flower gifts for your loved one, now is the ideal time for a quick brainstorming session, as a little bit of forethought can give you the the creative inspiration you need to take this year's bouquet beyond all expectations.

Of course, the traditional bouquet featuring one or two dozen red roses is nothing to shirk - the red blooms have become largely synonymous with the holiday, and it almost seems that one could not exist without the other. What's more, they're the perfect go-to if you're buying flowers on the fly.

If you do decide to create a more unique bouquet, look for innovative variations on classic Valentine's Day flowers.

Flowers and candy go hand-in-hand on this holiday, which is why Mary Ann Anderson of suggests looking for sweet flower-infused libations or cocktail beverages. Anderson is a big fan of wild hibiscus flowers in syrup, an edible hibiscus flower infused in cane sugar which can then be dropped into a glass of champagne.

If your lover is into the sci-fi scene, see if you can get your hands on a bouquet of glow-in-the-dark roses. These blooms, which hail from the Netherlands, are white roses that have been doused in a benign chemical that causes them to glow green when the lights are off, according to

For those who are not looking to get too crazy with their bouquets, consider opting for different shades of roses instead. A bouquet of pink, white and lavender roses can be just as sweet as the red variety and provide a little more variation than its traditional cousin.

Roses will also look splendid with pink tulips, snapdragons, button spray chrysanthemums and heather, or with deep purple orchids in a shiny red vase. Look for bouquets and flower arrangements that incorporate hearts, cupids or bows and arrows into their design, which can be achieved by a special creative twist of a eucalyptus branch, garland or ribbon.

This article is brought to you by Teleflora - a leader in the flower delivery service for over 75 years. Teleflora helps its customers buy flowers online and specializes in bringing the freshest available flowers for a variety of holidays and occasions - all hand-delivered in keepsake vases by the best local florists.

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