Valentine's Day: Some Floral Advice
|Published: 13th February 2010 17:47|
If your girlfriend/wife/other half is going to put up with you for another twelve months, you're going to have to buy her some flowers. And not some wilted last-minute bunch from the roadside - we mean Proper Flowers. You can't avoid it - so you may as well get it right. These tips from the Flowers & Plants Association should sort you out, and keep you out of the doghouse for a change...
Flowers and Plants Association Top Tips for Bewildered Blokes:
Plan A: Find out your girlfriend's favourite flower. Memorise this name; put it in your PDA (personal digital assistant). Your mind may go blank when faced with the huge choice in most florist shops.
Plan B: Find out her favourite colour. Girls hate bouquets with one of every colour in. They'd much rather have flowers which went with their eyes, or their wallpaper.
Plan C: Remember, size is not important. One stem of something gorgeous and extravagant-looking beats a huge pick-and-mix bunch for most women. Orchids, amaryllis and oriental lilies are perfect for this.
Plan D: Don't buy her a dozen red roses just because it's Valentine's Day - if they're not her absolute favourites, it makes you look like you've no imagination. Or you've panic-bought. Not attractive.
Ask for a hand-tied bouquet instead. These go straight in a vase without any fuss, and as they are a (carefully-arranged) selection you can make a note of which flowers your girlfriend admires in the bunch. (See plan A.)
Don't be embarrassed buying or carrying flowers. Flowers & Plants Association research shows that women are impressed by guys with flowers - these men are seen as caring, sensitive and generous. (These are good traits by the way.)
Recent figures show that men over 45 bought 8 out of every ten flowers sold during Valentine's Day.