Roses win hearts on Valentine?s Day
By HUGH KEARNEY
AFTER 40 years in the flower business Dee Johnston can rightfully claim to know a thing or two about Valentine's Day, celebrated annually on February 14.
Now operating her own business, Olwyn's Florist in Bay Street, Tweed Heads, Dee spent many years in the trade in Melbourne, "making a lot of money for other people," she said.
Dee said there was a definite difference between Valentine's Day in the city compared to a country centre like Tweed Heads.
"In the city, Valentine's Day is much bigger and has even overtaken Mother's Day for flower sales," she said.
"But here in Tweed, where there are many older people, Mother's Day is still the biggest, but acceptance of Valentine's Day is growing."
Dee said while there are any number of different preferences for Valentine's Day gifts, flowers would always be a very good choice.
"Women love flowers, they're so feminine, and anyway, it's the thought behind them," Dee said.
And in her experience, when it comes to flowers on Valentine's, the classic bunch of red roses, was pretty hard to beat.
"But if cost is an issue, one long-stemmed rose with a nice little message card saying how you feel would be very acceptable," she said.
Dee said it was still mostly men giving flowers to women, with about 25 per cent of the lovers' day trade going the other way.