Flower arrangements chill in a walk in cooler awaiting delivery on Valentine's Day. (I had to use a flash, sorry for the not so beautiful photo.)
Any floral shop goes into over drive for V-Day. Mother's Day is technically a bigger holiday - more flowers are sold, but it's more of a weeklong event. Valentine's Day is a big one-day deal. Although this year it falls on a Sunday and all those people who like to get their flowers at work so they can make their co-workers jealous, have to get their flowers on Friday. So it's not quite as intense as normal.
It turns out Winter Formal for the local high school is this Saturday too. The school doesn't want to encourage romance so they put the dance the day before Valentine's Day. Um yeah.
Today I made lots of little sweetheart rose wrist corsages and some boutonnieres. Then I helped finish up the last of the day's vase work and did a late afternoon delivery run. Yesterday and today were ten hour days; not too bad. I remember working until midnight my first Valentine’s Day. I left in tears of exhaustion after more than fourteen hours of answering phones and waiting on customers. (I started out as a lowly sales girl and worked my way up to the thorn ravaged fingers of a florist over the three years I worked there.) I'd much rather design the flowers than answer the phone!
Tomorrow, February 13th, will be a big day for the last minute orders and people picking up flowers. So if you haven't got your love a little something for V-Day, you're not too late to stop by your local florist and pick up some cut flowers, forced bulbs or a house plant. Support your local family owned florist!