ELKHART, Ind. - Love is starting to fill the air as Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. For florists this is the number one holiday. The owner of Linton's Enchanted Gardens Mark Linton says it’s really busy, really intense but a lot of fun.
If you are searching for the perfect bouquet, here are a few ideas. First, different flowers mean different things.
“If you've just met the person, you'll probably want to start out with carnations and those are available in a wide assortment of colors. Then if you've been dating say a few months, you'll want to start out with yellow roses or lavender roses, and if it's more of a serious relationship you can go with red roses and if you've been married or it represents true love you can do red roses with lilies and lilies represent true loves,” says Linton.
As many know, flowers can be expensive. If you are trying to cut costs Linton recommends picking up your flowers instead of getting them delivered. If you do get them delivered he recommends the delivery date be the 13th or 15th. That could save you at least five dollars.
"If you're going to make your own bouquet, you want to make sure you're handling those flowers properly. When you're picking them up, you want to make sure they're wrapped flowers because it's incredibly cold outside and if those flowers are exposed to these cold elements. That is going to really shorten their life,” adds Linton. “The next thing you want to do is cut the stems. It's ideal to cut those stems under water with a sharp knife and put them in a vase of water immediately. That water goes up through the stems because that's what's supporting those flower heads. Flowers come with a flower preservative packet. You want to make sure you use that. It really does work and you also want to make sure that you change the water on a daily basis."
There are also a lot of myths out there on how you keep your flowers alive the longest. Linton says the best thing you can do is cut them, use the flower preservative and change the water daily. He says putting a penny in the vase, adding Sprite or even an aspirin won’t help at all.
While this day is crazy for folks in the flower business, Linton says it’s also a lot of fun bringing people together.
“Men stop in here and give us their engagement ring and attach that to roses. We've had people purchase jewelry and necklaces. Our floral designers have been really creative with that,” says Linton.
For more information you can check out Linton's Enchanted Gardens website.