LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Valentine’s Day can inspire a wide variety of emotions every year. While it typically brings about thoughts of celebrating love, lasting relationships, and in some cases singlehood, the holiday always inspires hustle and bustle for local florists.
Charles Ray Hubbard, the owner of Flowers by Charles Ray, started preparing early for what is always their busiest time of year.
“We started ordering extra roses from Ecuador,” Hubbard explained. “They tend to have a bigger head, bigger stem and typically tend to be a better quality.”
Robert Harrison, owner of Elegant Designs by Robert, had to bring in extra help Wednesday to keep up with the all the Valentine’s Day orders. He and his staff worked throughout the week to prepare hundreds of floral arrangements for the holiday.
Harrison said, although they already had several pre-orders, Friday would still be their busiest day due to last minute orders by boyfriends and husbands “wanting to keep the lady in their life happy.”
Carnations are always a popular flower, no matter what time of year. But it should come as no surprise that red roses remain the holiday’s most popular at both florists. While the flower comes in such radiant colors as white, orange, peach, purple, yellow, green, and even black, the red rose still endures as a Valentine’s Day favorite.
“A lot of people even like tie-dyed roses,” Hubbard said. “They’re a combination of 8 different colors. They look like a rainbow rose.”
Over the holiday’s history, different meanings have surfaced regarding the overall symbol of roses on Valentine’s Day, not only down to the color, but the number of flowers given. For example, it has been said that six roses means infatuation, two means mutual love, nine means everlasting love, and 15 is an apology. Similarly, red and white roses have always been for lovers, but the yellow rose can mean both jealousy and friendship.
Staff writer Rob McDaniel contributed to this story.