Happy Valentine’s day! Valentine’s is without a doubt the biggest day of the year for flowers. The prices of roses typically jump from $19 per dozen to over $60 a dozen. Restaurants, usually offer special menus at inflated prices and when you include the cost of travel to and from a venue, hair, makeup, new outfit, chocolates, alcohol, etc. This turns into a reasonably expensive holiday. A study by the National Retail Federation concluded that the average American spends $136 per person. With a total national spend expected to exceed 18.2 billion dollars.
That is a lot of money. So, what is the average person to do? One way to reduce the cost is to consider flowers other than roses. Jiri Praus invented a mechanical tulip that blooms in every color of the rainbow, as a present for his wife. For those of us who are not as mechanically inclined as Mr. Praus, I have listed some other options for love inspired on a budget. Remember, every day is a day to love. It doesn’t have to be expensive if your heart is in it.
Lily – Stunningly beautiful and available in a variety of colors. A single one of these can cost more than a dozen red roses. Shop around, Costco and online giants may be able to sell for less. Representing love and devotion, these are a sure hit.
Peony- Soft and delicate romance? This is your flower. They scream sweetness and are often thought of as a good luck charm.
Asters- Vibrant with associations to love, charm and sensitivity. Available in a wide variety of hues to achieve that perfect look for the ideal person.
Orchids – Delicate and exotic. Wow, your significant other on Valentine’s Day with a plant that will last and look stunning long after the day has passed. Representing beauty and strength.
Tulips – Cost effective and very pretty. Available in a wide variety of colors for a fraction of the cost of roses. Representing the idea of perfect love.
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