The Rose&Mary studio is bursting with blooms as we create lovely bouquets to deliver in Richmond, Twickenham and beyond.
Saint Valentine’s Day is on the 14th of February.
So who is this Valentine fellow? Is his life about red roses and love? Well, not really…
Valentinus was a bishop in third century Rome who was persecuted by Emperor Claudius.
Claudius needed young men to join his army and was under the impression that unmarried soldiers fought harder than married ones. So he banned marriage for young people (as you do!)
Valentinus went underground and performed secret weddings until he was caught and sentenced to torture, stoning and deheading on the 14th of February.
Then nothing happened for about 900 years until the High Middle Ages where Saint Valentine became the symbol of courtly love. If you were in love you chose this day to send an anonymous message to express your feelings.
Nowadays its all a lot more of a commercial affair and the Red Rose has become the symbol of love and romance. We don’t sell red roses on Valentine’s Day and I will briefly explain why.
Red roses on Valentine’s Day are very expensive. Valentine’s Day is celebrated globally so demand for a single variety of flower is at an all time high. There are only so many red rose growers in the world so lots of red roses get cut early and are packed away in coolers for much longer than is good for them. We can’t therefore guarantee that these red roses are fresh and will have a long vase life.
This is the case every year but this year especially as we struggle with flower shortages and transport problems due to the pandemic and Brexit we feel that the choice to not offer reds is the best choice.
The best policy in our view is to sell all the other flowers that are better value for money and are of better quality, also we think that most women prefer pastel roses or a large mixed bouquet over a bunch or red roses anyway!
To see our range of bouquets to deliver to your love please click here
We can deliver Valentines Day flowers to you on Sunday 13.02 or Monday 14.02 in Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington, Hounslow, Chiswick, Barnes, Putney. Kingston, Wandsworth, Battersea and all West London postcodes.
Or you can click & collect from the studio in st Margarets
Happy Valentines day!
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