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Valentine's Day Alternatives

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Gardener Allen Smith discovered where many of the roses for Valentines Day are kept before they are delivered. His report comes from the cold storage room at a wholesale florist company

It's ironic that the most popular day for giving flowers, St. Valentine's Day, falls in the middle of winter. So most of us have to rely on the florist. If you're a guy you probably know about stock markets, your car, or hunting and fishing more than you do about choosing flowers for your sweetheart. So how about a couple of tips that will help you make just the right selection'

First of all, if red roses are what you're after, I hope you already have your order placed and you are prepared to pay a premium. You see these are the signature flowers of Valentine's Day so if you have difficulty finding them, you might consider another color option. For instance you might consider some of these bicolored or salmon or pale pink roses. They will send the same message and they may be a more preferred color and look better in the home of the person you're giving them to.

While roses are probably the most popular, they are certainly not every ones favorite. You might consider something like tulips. They run a very close second and they can be beautiful in a vase all alone or mixed with other spring flowers such as Dutch iris, anemones, and daffodils.

One rule I always keep in mind when putting together a bouquet, I try to select flowers that would be blooming in the garden all about the same time. Now if you want to take a slightly different angle and let fragrance be your theme, there are about three flowers that immediately come to mind that you can choose from that will never let you down; freesia, hyacinths and of course, the beautiful Oriental lily.

From the garden, I'm Allen Smith.

P. Allen Smith Gardens

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American Indian Prints

by dotti1011 on October 11, 2012 10:27
You used American Indian Prints in a small space; I would like to know the site where the prints were found. I think the prints was of a chief wearing red garments or red headdress.

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