Flower Council suggests Valentine's alternatives

The Flower Council of Holland has put together a list of the nation’s top five cut bulb flowers as alternatives to red roses for Valentine’s Day.

It has included advice on the ideal recipients for each flower and hidden meanings.

Red Tulip:  Synonymous with love, this beautiful red cut bulb flower symbolises passion, romance and is the ultimate bouquet for a loved one.  Try varieties such as ‘Amor’ or ‘Passionale’ for a truly meaningful gift.

Purple Iris:  For an ethereal, earth mother, try purple iris.  A brave and unusual choice for Valentine’s Day, the strong colour is a good match for independent women who are at one with Mother Nature.

Yellow Narcissi:  Valentine’s Day is for all so treat mothers, aunts or grandmothers to a fresh bouquet of yellow narcissi.  Loved ones will be delighted with the novel idea of narcissi, and in a glass vase will look beautiful next to a handmade card.

Pink and White Hyacinth:  Send daughters a fragrant bouquet of pink and white hyacinths to symbolise the love between parent and child.  As one of the most fragrant bulbs, hyacinths work beautifully to fill rooms with a sweet scent, reminding the recipient how much they are cared for.

Calla Lily:  The ultimate wedding cut bulb flower, the calla lily is also perfect for Valentine’s Day in a bouquet or as a single stem.  It symbolises purity, longevity and devotion and sends the ultimate message of love.

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