The Red Rose ... Valentine's Day ClassicEach and every February 14 the holiday celebration of Valentine’s Day encourages us to show our love and affection to the special people in our lives. Sure, many of you think the day was made up by greeting card companies, florists and candy makers. Believe me, that isn’t how it happened.

It all started way, way back, rooted in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually in February. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496. There were early Christian saints named Valentinus.

AnthuriumIn Rome, Saint Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Before his execution, he wrote a letter to the daughter of his jailer that he healed and signed it, “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

Later, in Europe in the 1700s, it took on a more romantic love theme and began to look more like it does today. It wasn’t until the mid-1800s that Valentine’s Day caught on in the United States.

Now we enjoy the day with gifts of flowers, cards and chocolates for the ones we adore. Your local professional florist can help you with all your blooming needs. They know what the ladies love and can deliver it for you. Bouquets of reds, pinks and whites reflect the emotion of the day. In the language of flowers, red roses symbolize passionate love.

IMG_2162What about the guys? What do you send him? He might love a nice blooming plant. There are many great blooming and green plants.

Blooming plants are long lasting and some can be planted outside later when the weather allows, a growing symbol of your enduring love. Many come in the traditional colors of reds, pinks and whites, such as azaleas, anthuriums, carnation plants, cyclamen, rose bushes, hydrangeas, orchids and spring garden planters of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils.

Orange TreeOther Valentine’s Day plant ideas include bonsai, herbs, lucky bamboo, cactus/succulent garden or a braided money tree. Orange, lemon and avocado mini trees make cool gifts for the guy in your life. If you want to “man it up,” add sports tickets, garden center gift cards, seed packets, movie tickets or local micro beers to the blooming gift.

However you celebrate this day of amour, remember it was Charles M. Schulz who said, “All you need is love. But flowers and a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!” (Ok, I confess, I added “flowers” to the quote, because it makes more sense to me!)

Happy Valentine’s Day!