Flying in flower power
LOVE is in the air, and the Columbian roses are blooming.
The Banora Flower Shop sources plants internationally, nationally and locally and has managed to stay out of blooming trouble for Valentine’s Day despite the Queensland floods.
“Our roses are imported from Columbia so we will have plenty for Valentine’s Day,” shop owner Natalie Grammer said.
“We do source flowers from the Brisbane Flower Market at Rocklea but they were only out of action for a few days with the floods, so it didn’t have a great impact on us.
“We also get a lot of orchids imported, and we get native flowers locally from Uki.”
The shop, known for specialising in wedding flowers, is set to have a rush of customers for Valentine’s Day.
“I think flowers are a great treat,” Mrs Grammer said.
“It’s not something you buy for yourself.
“And it has sentimental value.
“Flowers are all it takes to change someone’s day.”
Mrs Grammer, who has been in the flower industry for 17 years, said once she got a feel for it there was no turning back.
“Once you’ve done it, you can’t not do it,” she said.
“It’s such a beautiful career and you get to be creative every day.”
The Banora shop also has Valentine’s presents for men.
“We have chocolates, toys, scented candles, roses and lilies,” Mrs Grammer said. “But we also have gifts for the gentlemen, including single roses and gourmet hampers which we can modify to special dietary requirements.”