Flowers by post generally come from the Channel Islands, Guernsey and Jersey and have years of sending to their rear. Florists using relay services such as Interflora are everywhere and the choices before you can daunt.
This is one of the most crucial factors so that your special person can enjoy their surprise for a long time. With the best will in the world, some flowers will last well as well as others wont.
The worst culprits are red roses, surprising as they are such popular flowers, everyone loves tulips and yes they do but roses droop at the drop of any head wear. If you are identified to choose these plants, then choose the john lewis flowers of pink roses, yellowish or orange roses, keep off white as they get brown spots quickly.
The next to avoid are lilies unless you use a company that warns cat lovers about these deadly blooms (see below). All a cat has to do is brush up against the big brown stamens thus getting some pollen on his fur, then lick and clean it off – danger! If you think your kitty has done this, call the vet immediately as lilies can kill pet cats in 36-72 hours. Other pets are ok.
About we go, another set to avoid are the spring flowers, like iris which is stunning but only lasts several days. Tulip are such stunning shades however they droop easily – if they do, slice the stems and put up to their necks in water for a while.
Daffodils are the harbingers of spring and who is able to resist them? Good if they are on their own in the vase, but if other flowers discuss the water with them, the slime released by daffodils will kill any other blooms.
For long vase life nothing can beat Chincherinchees, they look like a white bluebell and are sometimes known as Star of Bethlehem, wonderful and can last for about 6 weeks in regularly changed water – great value.
Next are cozy carnations, these come in and out of fashion but blow fashion, they are the most forgiving and stunning of blooms and if properly dealt with by the grower, will also last for about four weeks.
Then come freesias, such a delight they are and with jewell shades and a fragrance to die for, these are Britain’s favourite flowers. Some these days don’t odor as they should and you really should buy from the place that specialises in growing them – Guernsey. If they are not forced they still have the fragrance that you desire.