Let roses say “I love you”
By JOHN MITCHELL Each February 14, thousands of dollars exchange hands around the country, heralding the most passionate day of the year – Valentine’s Day. From gingers, tropical blooms are unmistakably the order of the day. At a time when blossoms sell like hot cakes in Fiji, and despite the brilliantly coloured beauty of tropical flowers from gingers and heliconias to dendrobium orchids and anthuriums – roses reign supreme above them all. Fresh red roses sold in Fiji shops on the day are imported from farms in New Zealand in refrigerated containers to preserve freshness, colour and aroma well enough to tickle even the most unromantic of couples. A local florist cashing in on the Valentine’s Day hype this year is Marica Ravutu, the owner of Garden of Eden florist in Suva. Ravutu, who ventured into the flower business three years ago, this year ordered 100 red roses through Turners and Growers Fiji. “Valentine’s Day is incomplete without red roses. Orders are slowly picking up but we should be busy on Valentine’s Day week,” Ravutu said. Red roses will arrive one or two day before the fourteenth and the blooms are carefully tended to remain fresh throughout Valentines Day, when love and their scent will fill the air. Ravutu sells single red roses in special scarlet-themed boxes stuffed with chocolates. “Some people appreciate the beauty and feeling that flowers exude and gifting loved ones is their way of expressing what comes from the heart. Our orders have come from as far as China, India, Italy and Dubai.” Based out of the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (SOPD Extension), Garden of Eden Florist sells an attractive selection of bouquets and arrangements for special occasions such as weddings, funerals, birthdays and parties, and a range of wreaths and casket sprays for funerals. Other popular Valentine’s Day gifts include teddy bears, cards, wine and champagne, chocolate – and of course, the roses that go with them.
Marica Ravutu, owner of Garden of Eden Florist, Suva
A customer makes a flower order at Hop-Tiy, Suva.