So wrote Robert Burns back in 1794 and now, a hundred and thirty years later, it’s still true that nothing says, “I love you” like a beautiful, fragrant bouquet of flowers.
Whether it’s the traditional dozen red roses, a bunch of multi-coloured tulips or a mixed bouquet of delicately scented stocks, alstromerias and eucalyptus, you can be sure that beautifully arranged flowers will always bring a smile to the face of the one you love.
At Emma’s Florist on Nacton Road, Emma and her team are experts in all things floral. “One of the big trends for this year is the tulip. It signifies the beginning of spring and new life, symbolises unconditional love and makes an absolutely stunning Valentine’s bouquet. We’re also seeing a lot of mauves and lilacs. How about letting us design an eye-catching arrangement of lilac orchids, eucalyptus and alstromerias?”
For those who really want to make their floral gift thoughtful, it’s well worth looking into the language of flowers. Pink and lilac roses symbolise happiness, while red roses spell out passion. A red chrysanthemum says, “I love you” while camellias represent a whole range of emotions. A pink camellia tells the recipient that the giver is longing for them, a red one that they are like a flame in the heart and a white one that the recipient is adorable.
This year in particular, many couples got engaged at Christmas after a year of uncertainty. To dial up the romantic fervour, a bouquet of bridal roses sent to your fiancée to foreshadow the wonderful day you’re planning together will always be the right thing to do.
Emma’s shop is a haven of eye-catching and stylish flowers and foliage. Vibrant roses of every colour, dazzling tulips, fragrant lilies, stalks of intense blue hydrangea, pretty stocks and evocative eucalyptus jostle for space with a cornucopia of beautiful blooms. Emma and her team are experts on creating arrangements which will make anyone’s day. Whether it’s the classic dozen (or even two dozen) red roses, an on-trend white and silver bouquet, a starburst of contrasting colours or a basket of vintage flowers, no Valentine’s Day is complete without a gorgeous floral arrangement.
Emma can add value to your flowers with a cuddly teddy bear (ideal for lovers who are far away from each other), a box of indulgent chocolates, a balloon or a beautifully packaged box of baked goodies. The sky’s the limit with styles of bouquet. An easy to maintain basket looks beautiful on a windowsill or as a centrepiece, while letterbox flowers are perfect for people who work all day. A classic hand-tied bunch of lovely blooms or a pretty bouquet encased in cellophane and ribbons will always make the recipient’s heart beat just a little faster.
As someone once said, “Flowers are like friends. They bring colour to your world.” Whether that’s a red, red rose, a huge hand-tied bouquet of fragrant mixed flowers or a pretty basket with a cuddly teddy bear, there’s only one place to go for your Valentine’s flowers this year.