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February 4th 2019

Great Ways to Say I Love You This Valentine’s Day

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By early February I am always longing for fresh flowers, but the reality is that few U.S. flower farms have blooms this time of year unless they have heated greenhouses. Most flower farmers here in the states are just starting to sow seeds for the season ahead.

While local flowers are still many weeks away, there are other creative ways to get your flower fix for Valentine’s Day. The Floret Team and I put together a few seasonally-inspired gift ideas for the flower lover in your life.

Bouquet Subscriptions

A bouquet subscription is a great way to support local flower farms and shower someone you love with locally-grown blooms all season long. For years, vegetable farmers have offered weekly shares of the farm’s harvest via community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Many flower farmers are following suit. Commonly called bouquet subscriptions, bouquet CSA or a flower share, the subscriptions involve making an upfront investment in a flower farm’s harvest for the season. As a subscriber, you receive a weekly, biweekly or monthly bouquet from the flower farm during the growing season. Most bouquet subscriptions are available for pick-up, but some flower farms even offer delivery. Subscription rates and dates vary by region, but most run June through September and many sell out early. To find flower farms or floral designers in your region be sure to check out Floret’s Farmer-Florist Collective directory and map.

USA-Grown Bouquets

Another great way to get a flower fix in February is through a Grown in the USA bouquet from Farmgirl Flowers. Based in San Francisco, Farmgirl Flowers sources sustainably-grown flowers, wraps them in reclaimed burlap and delivers them throughout the Bay Area (sometimes via bicycle or scooter) and ships to the lower 48 states. I sent myself flowers for my birthday and was super impressed with the quality and the impeccable care that went into the bouquet I received. Plus, I appreciate the company’s dedication to supporting domestic growers and women-owned businesses.

Future Flowers: Seeds

Seed packets are great to combine with other gifts or simply tuck into your Valentine’s card with a note. The promise of future flowers is sure to warm any flower lover’s heart.

floret seed collectionOr consider a special seed collection for your special someone. Packaged in beautiful re-usable gift tins, our Dusty Rose Seed Collection features our favorite antique colors in muted tones of dusty rose, flax and caramel. Each collection of easy to grow varieties will produce armloads of flowers and foliage for the better part of the season. We hand selected each color palette to look beautiful in both the garden and the vase. Other great seed collections include Sangria, Buttercream,  and CreamsicleSee all our specialty seed collections here.

Floret seed packet gift ideas paired with chocolate and teaA fun idea that Susan on our team regularly does is to create sweet little gift packages by pairing artisan chocolate bars with a packets of Chocolate Lace Flower, Tomato ‘Chocolate Cherry’ or Sweet Pea seeds. She also pairs Phlox ‘Cherry Caramel’ or ‘Sugar Stars’ with cut out sugar cookies or other sweet treats or combines Larkspur ‘Earl Grey’ seeds with a box of specialty tea with the same name.

Floret journal and notebooksFlower-Focused Books & Paper Goods

Two of my favorite things we’ve created with our publisher are the Cut Flower Garden Notebook Collection and the Inspirational Garden Journal. If you’re looking for a beautiful place to land your garden sketches or dreams these are both lovely options.

Ariella Chezar and Putnam Boys booksAny flower lover will absolutely adore Ariella Chezar’s newest book, Seasonal Flower Arranging. I was thrilled to have an opportunity to check out a digital advanced review copy, which is most definitely Ariella’s best book yet. I can hardly wait to finally thumb through a physical copy later this month. Pre-orders now available for the book which will be released February 26.

Flower Color Guide: This much-anticipated new release from Darroch Putnam and Michael Putnam, the talented NYC-based artists and designers known as the “Putnam Boys,” is already making waves in the floral design world. Simple and elegant in design, this encyclopedia of cut flower colors is sure to be a well-thumbed reference book for floral designers for many, many years to come.

terrain and botanicum booksTerrain: Ideas and Inspiration for Decorating the Home and Garden: Created by the renowned garden brand Terrain, this elegantly designed book includes an interesting array of creative container ideas, flower farm profiles and how-to tutorials alongside lots of lush garden inspiration photos.

Botanicum. Part of the Welcome to the Museum series, this gorgeous book by Kathy Willis is a feast for the eyes. Beautifully illustrated by Katie Scott, the oversized volume is great as a coffee table book or for use as art on your wall. Although marketed as a children’s book, the text and illustrations will delight budding botanists of all ages.

There are a few other new books that will be coming out soon that I can’t wait to get my hands on including:Blooms book and In Bloom bookBlooms: This book showcases the work of my friend Susan McLeary of Passionflower along with more than 70 other established and up-and-coming floral designers from across the globe who are turning heads with their floral art, unique installation pieces and contemporary approaches to design.

In Bloom: Growing, Harvesting & Arranging Homegrown Flowers All Year Round: I had a chance to review this beautiful book by U.K. writer Clare Nolan and was blown away with Clare’s use of color and beautiful photography. If you’re a fan of Cut Flower Garden, you will adore this book.

conscious creativity bookFinally, a new favorite on my bookshelf:

Conscious Creativity: Look. Connect. Create. by Philippa Stanton. If you’re on Instagram then you’re likely already following Philippa’s account @5ftinf. Her incredible approach to color and creating captivating stories out of found objects regularly blows my mind.

Rose beauty productsRose-Infused Beauty Products:

Grace Rose Farm offers handmade natural skin care, including luxurious rose oil infused lotions and soaps. I’ll be featuring Gracie in a special Valentine’s Day post as part of The {Farmer} & the Florist Interview series.

Ashley Rodriguez, author of the books Date Night In and Let’s Stay In and the chef at our past floral design workshops also offers salt and rose-infused scrubs & toner via her online shop, Not Without Salt.

Hopefully one of these ideas will inspire your gift giving this Valentine’s Day.

If you have a favorite go-to, flower-themed gift, please share it in the comments below. If you submit a comment and it doesn’t show up right away, please sit tight.  We have a spam filter that requires we approve comments before they can be published.

6 Comments

  1. Wendy on

    I told my husband to skip the chocolate for Valentine’s Day and get me a book on flowers instead from the Wish List that I keep on Amazon! Not only did he listen, but he also gave me flowers! Much better than chocolate. :)

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  2. Jackie Reed on

    Hey Erin! Thanks for the suggestions on the books. I have your Cur Flower Garden book and I really enjoy it. I’ll get one or 2 of these cause they seem pretty interesting. Thanks for all you do and share your world with us, we really love to see what you have going with every new post. Keep sharing with us because we get inspired when you do!

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  3. Elaine on

    Heyo! I work for the company that produces one of those chocolate bars in the photograph. What a small world! Love your blog and the community you help foster here. :)

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  4. Heidi on

    Love your blog and I would love to see a post on how you take such stunning photography of your blooms. I just marvel when I see them and would like to Ake some in my own humble garden. I hope I’m not asking for any trade secrets and will continue to follow your blog regardless.

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  5. Lynn McClure on

    Thank u so much for your commitment to education and support. I recently pre ordered Blooms per your suggestion – can’t wait for it to arrive.
    I have a question – I live in Ok and have been playing with mixing vegs and flowers in a raised 14 X 7’ full sun bed. I am searching for both a beautiful visual and a thriving garden. Would love to have some specific planting bed guides I might follow for variety plantings, mixings, and spacing etc. Do u have any suggestions?

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  6. Joyce Winget on

    Joanna Gaines is releasing a children’s book the middle of March. It is called “We are the Gardeners”. I can hardly wait to buy it for my 5 little Granddaughters.

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