Valentine’s Day - Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonThe origins of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to both ancient Roman and ancient Christian traditions. The holiday is associated with the Roman Lupercalia (a fertility festival) and to Christian Saint(s) who had romantic legends associated with that name.

Valentine’s Day is most often perceived as a celebration between lovers sending each other tokens of affection. While men buy mostly for romantic reasons, women use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to show they care to mothers, friends, children, as well as their sweethearts. Women even treat themselves on Valentine’s Day.

Flowers, hearts and cupids are traditional symbols of love and affection. While the heart is an essential part of our circulatory system, it has long been associated with our emotions and has become symbolic of love and romance. Cupid, known through mythology as the god of love and desire, has come down to us as a chubby little cherub who likes to shoot arrows that inflame desire. Your florist can incorporate hearts and cupids into your Valentine’s Day gifts.  

Valentine’s Day - Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonOf all the beautiful flowers, the rose is universally beloved and linked symbolically to Aphrodite and Venus, the goddess of love. So, it’s no surprise that red roses symbolize passionate love and are a favorite for Valentine’s Day. Talk to your florist about options for a custom designed gift to wow your sweetheart on February 14th.

You’ll be amazed at how something a little different will be enjoyed and appreciated. The key to the best gifts on Valentine’s Day is to show a little imagination. Demonstrate to your loved ones that you took the time to think about what they may like and that you care about them. Flowers can do that so well.

What are your favorite Valentine’s Day flowers?