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Flowers From St. Valentine Are Romantic Not Mainstream

 Mainstream Flowers

Roses, roses, roses.  Valentine flowers are everywhere in every town, online, and now even on Amazon who are promoting flowers from “their farms”.   Such a word mockery.   We too could put a slippery edge on advertising conversationally, as my farm is one that I choose to buy from.  Humph.    All these Valentine offerings are mainstream and ordinary; from the same South American & African farms, in the same colors, cut the same time, and wrapped ever so common in the same plastic.  So…the only difference is a sliding scale of size and price grabbing.


Valentine Flower History   

Seriously m Seriously my dears, do you think of your most precious person as mainstream or mediocre? Take a lesson from history before things became so ordinary.  First, by most accounts there were many Saints named Valentine but the day has been a lovers holiday since the 14th century with the help of Chaucer.   His sultry poem, The Parliament of Birds refers to February 14 as a day for birds & humans to find a mate.   It seems both Chaucer and Saint Valentine found flowers to convey their feelings; and they weren’t roses.

 Due to the 19th century Language of Flowers mania; roses became the summer gift of Victorian choice obviously for their meaning of affection.   However, June is the rose month not February as neither in the British Isles nor the United States are they in season unless greenhouse grown. 


According to an article from 1919:

“Flowers are beautiful but made more symbolic of this sentimental day and their mission by the skill of the floral artist.  Dainty bouquets of sweat peas or violets, waxy tulip bunches, and clusters of forget-me-nots delivered in ribboned boxes with gilt arrows stamps them at once as a gift from St. Valentine.  For the romantic dinner, corsages for the ladies and lapels for the gentlemen of gardenias are a most elegant and appropriate sentiment.  St. Valentine wants the best”   

The Finest Flowers Are Exclusive

Sweet peas-Tulips-Forget-me-nots?  What better Valentine flowers than those named such and yet where are they amid the mainstream.   Gardenias; this incomparable and lovely scented flower is the epitome of grace and what outlet have you seen them lately?  No, you will not see them because they are not a commodity product able to be quickly and cheaply grown in mass.  Nothing good is ever easy and these flowers require patience and space to grow their beauty which is not a plus for the foreign farms. 

sweet peas in a bouquet

See our Valentine’s Day menu of sweet pea and forget-me-not bouquets, tulip bunches and baskets, gardenia bowls and wearable’s, and always birds of all feather for accent.  If you must have a rose or two in your bouquet, our Victorian Tussie Mussies made to order and according to the Language of Flowers is charming. Each comes complete with a vintage, secret message tag and decorative box.  


language of flowers valentine
        Valentine Tussie Mussie


 And about those forget-me-nots?  We found a twin in a little known California flower that is just as bright and just as blue.

forget me nots tweedia


Do you want a unique or ordinary gift of flowers?  Think about it and call us.  These all are US grown and in limited supply so don’t think too long; reserve yours now for Valentine’s Day.


heart of gardenias
                      A heart of gardenias


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