Flowers still in bloom but public are looking for better bargains
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet according to Shakespeare and it seems that when it comes to Valentine’s Day the modern is as popular as the traditional.
Claire Kinsella from McCrea’s Florists, 23 Summerhill, Wicklow said that Valentine’s Day is still a big occasion for couples but said that people are not spending as much as normal and are looking for better value.
However she said while there had been a slow start to the flower buying things were picking up the closer Saturday comes. ‘I think that people are not spending as much as usual. They want the same type of bouquet for less money.’ Claire thinks that they will be selling the usual dozen of long stemmed roses for cheaper than last year’s prices but said it all depends on the wholesale price of the flowers when they buy them in. ‘The price of flowers fluctuate so much that it is hard to put a definite price on them but we will be hoping to do some type of deal.’
While long stemmed roses were the most popular choice Claire said that mixed bouquets and more modern arrangements were also a big hit with the punters.
‘A lot of people are veering for the more modern flowers these days but I still find that for Valentine’s Day they are happy to spend the money on the long stemmed roses which are more expensive than the short stemmed ones you can get in supermarkets.’
Claire Kinsella of McCrea’s Florists.