Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and in a few days, people across the globe will be scrambling to show their love and affection to the loves of their lives. You can bet that most of these people will fall back on classics, snatching boxes of chocolates off the shelves and buying red roses by the dozen. As the laws of supply and demand dictate; prices of red roses are bound to soar through the roof.
Last year, Business Day reported that the price tag on a single red rose reached highs of $45 (must be some amazing roses!), and stores still experienced selling out of the iconic blooms. Every year, Finlay Flowers’ Flamingo Farm, suppliers of cut flowers to M&S, grows and delivers over 120 million cut red roses to stores across the globe for Valentine’s Day — still not enough to cover the 198 million roses estimated to be sold on the day. This demand hikes up the price of roses, to the point that some might want to skip getting roses altogether.
Don’t go down that road, though, as a study quoted by the British Airways shows that 53% of women are more likely to dump their boyfriends for not getting them anything for Valentine’s Day. If you want to give your sweetheart something extravagant without breaking the bank, why not consider a bouquet of one of the following:
Tulips are always a great alternative for Valentine’s Day, because that’s when they’re in their peak season. They’re much cheaper than roses, but also come in bright red colors. A big bunch of tulips are also quite dramatic, because as they mature and bloom, their black and yellow centers are exposed.
Orchids are cheaper and more sustainable than roses, as they’re grown locally and last for much longer. While bouquets of roses and cut flowers wilt and die in a few days, your sweetheart can continue tending to the orchids even months after Valentine’s Day.
Anemones are one of the more sensual flowers, as it means “anticipation” in the language of flowers. Anemones also come in bright red colours, for those who still want to stick to the Valentine’s trend of giving bouquets of red flowers to their sweethearts.
This is a collaborative guest post