Sure, your’e right: red roses are beautiful, traditional and crazy romantic. But at this time of year, they also tend to be of poor quality and overpriced. “You’ll be paying a lot and not getting the best flowers,” says Matt Phillips of the Colonial House of Flowers legacy. He grew up working in a premier family florist that was established by his parents in 1968.
“Instead, try sticking with flowers that tend to be in season, like as tulips or anenomes.”
If you can’t stand the idea of a Valentine’s Day sans fresh roses, look for roses with firm, hydrated heads.