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 main points 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 while others wont.
The worst culprits are red roses m and s flowers, surprising as they are such popular flowers, everyone loves flowers and yes they do but roses droop at the drop of any head wear. If you are decided to choose these blossoms, then go for the other shades 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 improve against the big dark brown stamens thus getting some pollen on his fur, then lick and clean it off – danger! If you think your feline has done this, call the vet immediately as lilies can kill pet cats in 36-72 hours. Some other pets are ok.
On we go, another established to avoid are the spring flowers, like iris which is stunning but only lasts several days. Tulip are such stunning colours nevertheless 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 can resist them? Fine credit rating on their own in the vase, but if other flowers share 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, fantastic and may 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 flexible and stunning of blooms and if properly dealt with by the grower, will also last for about 4 weeks.
Then come freesias, such a delight they are and with jewell colors and a fragrance to die for, these are Britain’s favourite flowers. Some these days don’t scent as they should and you really need to buy from the place that specialises in growing them – Guernsey. If they are not forced they still have the fragrance that you desire.