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This Valentine's Day, say all you want with flowers: Valentine flowers! A deeply rooted tradition, Valentine flowers on February 14 express love, romance, friendship, and "I'm thinking about you". A bouquet of blooms is the classic Valentine calling card, and while roses have long been the customary Valentine flower, there are bunches of other Valentine flowers quickly climbing the vines to become today's newest Valentine flower favorites.

While delivering Valentine flowers in person will never fall out of vogue, there are a myriad of contemporary ways to send Valentine flowers online through the Internet, and to have Valentine flowers especially couriered to any destination worldwide. Sending Valentine flowers to a special friend or loved one has never been easier, faster, or more fun than with the multitude of creative Valentine flower ordering options available at the click of your mouse, and with the wide assortment of Valentine flower cards and e-cards you can attach to your Valentine flower selection.

Ever wondered where the Valentine flower custom stems from? In fact, the history of the Valentine flower is shrouded in mystery. Here is some of the flower folklore floating around to help clear up the misty Valentine flower waters… At least 3 different saints have been associated with the ancient Valentine's Day rites, and Valentine's Day and flowers are rooted in both Christian and Roman traditions. Named after saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred, the most wide spread story behind Valentine's Day recounts how priest Valentine, during the 3rd century in Rome, defied Emperor Claudius II by breaking the law that prohibited marriage for young men - the crème of the crop of potential soldiers. Secretly, Valentine continued to perform marriages for countless young couples in love until Claudius discovered his actions and had Valentine ordered to death.

Prior to his execution, it is said that the romantic Valentine befriended his jailor's daughter to whom he left a farewell note signed "From Your Valentine", the customary Valentine flower signature exchanged until this day. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius officially set February 14th as a day to honor St Valentine, and decreed him the Patron Saint of Lovers. Ever since, it has been a custom for men and women to send messages, gifts and Valentine flowers to their sweethearts, friends, and members of their families.

Today, it is highly popular to reach out with roses as a Valentine flower. The rose, which is undoubtedly the most popular Valentine flower in the world, speaks of love and has been the choice of lovers in every century. If you rearrange the letters of the word rose, you get Eros, the god of Love!! While all Valentine roses say, "I Love You", each color rose has it's own meaning. Here are the meanings of the color of the rose:

Red Valentine roses: Passion; Pink Valentine roses: Grace and Gentility; Red & White Valentine flowers together: Unity; Yellow Valentine roses: Joy; Orange or Coral Valentine roses: Desire; Burgundy Valentine roses: Unconscious Beauty; White Valentine roses: You're heavenly, Worthiness; White Valentine Rosebuds: You're Too Young For Love; Single Red Valentine rose: Simplicity; Sweetheart Valentine Roses: Darling, Dear Or Honey.

Any type of flower is appropriate for a Valentine flower, however if you want to pick your Valentine flower wisely, you can dig up customary flower meanings in a book, online, or at a florist's shop. To help you sort through the bed of Valentine flower options, here is the dirt on some assorted flowers you can send this Valentine's Day: Daisy Valentine flowers symbolize loyalty & innocence; Violet Valentine flowers indicate faithfulness; Calla Lilly Valentine flowers symbolize beauty; Gloxinia Valentine flowers indicate love at first sight; Jasmine Valentine flowers whisper modesty; Globe amaranth Valentine flowers say your feelings will never fade; Hibiscus Valentine flowers tell the receiver they are as charming and delicate as the flower itself; Forget-me-not Valentine flowers express undying love; Ivy Valentine flowers propose: Marry me!

Put your ear to the ground and listen to this budding news for Valentine flower blooms: Tulips, the symbol of love, are quickly rising to the top of Valentine flower charts! With their explosions of bright colors, fragrant smells and in-season, reasonable prices, tulips make great Valentine flower "dollars and scents" compared to their expensive rose counterparts. And here is a fresh, florist secret about Valentine tulips: The tulip is one of the few flowers that continue to grow after being cut, so your Valentine flower arrangement will change a little bit each day!

There are as many creative and varied ways to send flowers on Valentine's Day as there are arrays of Valentine flowers! Today, florists offer vast selections of Valentine flower bouquets and arrangements to choose from, as well as spectacular gift ideas and options to create just the right Valentine flower package for your loved one. Follow your nose and check out these creative arrangements for Valentine flowers with flair:

*** "Abundance of Love" Valentine flower bouquets with a romantic bouquet of 6, 12, 18 or 24 long stem roses, arranged with decorative limonium and seeded eucalyptus in a glass sweetheart vase. Available in red, yellow, pink, white or peach.

***Romantic Interlude Valentine Bouquet & CD: Delight the senses by sending this unique combination of 10 Assorted Alstroemeria and 6 Red Roses accompanied by a CD whose music is a blend of soft rock, country, smooth jazz and easy listening with uplifting lyrics for the soul.

***Fresh Valentine bouquets directly from the greenhouse, including a quality message card, floral preservative and flower care information. These Valentine flowers come elegantly wrapped in a decorative sleeve and are hand packed in an attractive gift box.

***Valentine flowers PLUS: These Valentine flowers come with a bonus of a Gold Box of 8 Chocolate Truffles; with a soft, plush teddy bear; or with a stunning cobalt glass vase, a modern alternative to the classic glass vase.

***Tasteful Valentine bouquet: Treat your special somebody to this Cookie Valentine Bouquet consisting of one dozen assorted gourmet cookies on long stems neatly arranged in a gold floral box!

From classic and traditional to classy and trendy, high-tech has sprouted yet a new class of Valentine flowers: Personalized Valentine flowers! These Valentine varieties "speak" your sentiments with an embossed message on each Valentine flower petal. What better way to have your heart-felt feelings spelt out for everyone to see?

Love may be eternal, but Valentine flowers are not! To keep your Valentine flowers fresh for longer and to make sure your Valentine flower "forget-me-nots" don't fade into tomorrow's "yesteryears" overnight, here are some hot florist tips to keep your Valentine flowers looking fresh and cool for the foreseeable future:

***For longer Valentine flower life expectancy, buy young Valentine flowers with upright, firm petals and buds that are just beginning to open. Yellow, reddish, spotted or drooping leaves are signs of aging.

***Place cut Valentine flowers in water as soon as possible to reduce the chance of wilting. Re-cut the stems by removing 1 to 2 inches with a sharp knife while submerged under warm water (this prevents air bubbles from interfering with the uptake of water). Change the water frequently--at least once a day, to reduce decay and foul odor.

***Trim leaves: If the leaves on the stems fall below the water line, remove them. Leaves in water will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower. Also, throw out flowers with broken stems.

***Florists keep their flower displays in a cooler for good reason: Flowers last much longer at cooler temperatures than at room temperature. Keep your cut Valentine flowers in a cool spot, out of the hot sun and away from heat sources. By the same token, avoid frost and freeze damage to Valentine flowers by ensuring adequate protection on cut flowers and potted plants and by keeping them out of severe cold.

***To rejuvenate a wilted Valentine rose, trim an inch off the stem, bath in warm water and leave submerged until waters cool (about two hours). You can't bring an expired Valentine bloom back from the dead, but you can breathe new life into a heat-exhausted flower.

***The use of flower preservatives or commercial flower food solution is highly recommended! Use only as directed.

Finally, for a really long-lasting Valentine sentiment, why not craft your own Valentine flowers by selecting from a myriad of Valentine flower arts and crafts projects? Create a special heart flower Valentine by simple cutting and pasting, or make a wonderful Valentine Day's Collage with pictures and cutouts of all your favorite Valentine flowers. However you decide to express your sentiments this Valentine's Day, remember: You can say all you want with flowers. Valentine flowers!

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