Ipswich Florist assistant manager Suzie Bellinghamwith an assortment of roses available for Valentine’s Day.
Ipswich Florist assistant manager Suzie Bellinghamwith an assortment of roses available for Valentine’s Day. Rob Williams

Red rose romance blossoms

AS the international day of love draws closer, Ipswich florists have been besieged by orders from loved-up Valentines.

Blooms on Bell owner Susanna Vickery said orders for roses were up this year, a trend she put down to the events of January.

“After the disaster we have had this year, people have realised how important their loved ones are,” she said.

“Red does denote love and passion.”

She said a dozen long stemmed red roses cost $80, with half a dozen $50.

But owner of Kalbar-based Bartons Rose Farm, Pam Barton, warned the weather conditions over the past couple of months would push up the price of roses.

Mrs Barton said growers in the Lockyer Valley had their plants affected not only by the January floods, but the recent hot weather.

She said north Queensland suppliers had in turn been affected by Cyclone Yasi.

“Some of the growers in Jimboomba and the Gold Coast haven’t been affected, but the smaller places in general have a low supply for Valentine’s Day,” Mrs Barton said.

“Hence the price is more expensive.”

Ipswich Florist manager Peter Bellingham said their supply of roses had been unaffected by the recent floods.

“We get flowers from down south as well as the local growers,” he said.

“Given the interest you can’t rely on only one source.

“A large quantity of flowers is needed.”

He said a dozen long stemmed roses retailed for $85 and that the price had not been affected by the floods.

“We have only put it up by CPI, there has been no increase because of the floods, not at all,” he said.

Mr Bellingham said Valentine’s remained their busiest day of the year.

Colour guide

Red: True love and passion

Red and white: Lasting love

White: Innocence and purity

Yellow: Friendship and joy

Pink: Happiness and romance



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