Flow­ers still in bloom but pub­lic are looking for bet­ter bar­gains

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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.

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