You’d be right if you guessed that the red rose, the ubiquitous symbol of true romantic love, is the best selling flower on Valentine’s Day . But while many on Valentine’s Day are indeed feeling the magic of the red, red rose, many others are not quite there yet.
So, what exactly do they give?
Randy Ricker, owner of Brattle Square Florist in Cambridge, Massachusetts has a few ideas. Ricker’s shop, located in the heart of Harvard Square, sells well more than 20,000 stemmed roses and other flowers during the average Valentine’s Day holiday. ”It’s incalculable,” he says, so busy he’s barely able to catch his breath to chat for a few minutes on the phone.
As a fun little exercise, we asked Ricker to recommend flowers for some of the other nuances of love. So, without adieu:
I’ve Got a Crush on You, Sweetie Pie
For the newly smitten, Ricker recommends giving daisies or blush pink tulips. They represent innocence, new love or a carefree spirit.
I’ll Always Love You
The long stem red rose is the symbol of true love, so give them to the object of your devotion and “as many as possible,” says Ricker.
Just because you and your love have been together for eons, doesn’t mean you should forgo the gesture of a Valentine’s bouquet. For those in it for the long haul, Ricker recommends red roses or anemones, a daisy like plant symbolizing undying love. It also can mean luck or protection against evil.
Why Can’t We Be Friends?
When you want to give flowers to someone who is not a love interest, but rather someone you care about or like very much, red roses are just not appropriate. In this situation, says Ricker, go with Gerbera daisies in any color or yellow roses, which symbolize friendship.
Come on Baby Light My Fire
When there’s only one thing on your mind, give pincushion protea, says Ricker. An unusual and exotic flower that is among the oldest on earth, protea make a statement that is bold, adventurous and passionate. Bada-bing.
We Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together
You go your way, I go mine. Sometimes, things just don’t work out. And sometimes, the other person just doesn’t get the message. If you want to send a clear signal, Ricker jokes, send “anything dead.” Dead flowers, that is.
Have you ever received flowers that were appropriate, or in appropriate on Valentine’s Day?