Rosy tips for Valentines Day

Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to communicate how you truly feel about your loved one. A stunning floral bouquet can express a range of feelings, from romantic to friendly to something in between. And from roses to tulips to orchids to lilies, there are flowers to please all the important people in your life. Roses reign supreme for Valentine's Day. For many, roses are a well-known statement of love and the perfect way to say "I love you." And to make this loving gift a long-lasting one, recipients should follow some simple steps from the floral experts at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM: Roses delivered in a box need to be opened at once and placed in water. Arrange the roses by filling a vase with cool water and mix in the floral preservative. Fill a sink or bowl with water and, using a knife or shears, cut an inch from the bottom of the stem while holding it underwater. Remove the foliage that may fall below the waterline to help keep the water clear. Place roses, loosely yet evenly spaced, in the vase. Place the vase in a cool spot. Add warm water to the vase every day. Completely change the water every three days and recut the stems. To order beautiful flowers and other Valentine's Day gifts, such as the Lucky in Love Gift Tower by Julie Mulligan, featuring five gifts in one, including roses, candle and a giant chocolate-covered fortune cookie, visit 1800flowers.com on the Web.

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