LOVE IS IN THE AIR: Alex Gullis, of Pollen at Salt, hopes to come up roses on Valentine’s Day.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR: Alex Gullis, of Pollen at Salt, hopes to come up roses on Valentine’s Day. John Gass

Lilies the new rose for lovers

LOCAL Casanovas will keep florists busy as they buy flowers and other gifts for their sweet- hearts.

Forget the old red rose, lilies are the hot bloom for Valentine's Day this year.

Tweed florist Alex Gullis, who owns Pollen at Salt, said she was preparing for a day filled with love, lilies and a whole lot of roses on February 14.

"Roses still sell the most, but oriental lilies are very popular," she said.

"I'm hoping for a very busy Valentine's Day."

Mrs Gullis said flowers didn't have to be expensive to send a message.

"It doesn't matter how much money you spend. It's the thought that counts."

She said she loved seeing how different people surprised their loved ones.

"Sometimes you'll get the husband who's overseas and orders flowers for his wife," she said.

"I got an order for 300 flowers when a hubby was away.

"You'll get an elderly man who'll want to surprise his wife of 50 years or so. And we get the young ones that come in and want a single rose for their girlfriend."

Mrs Gullis said the best part of being a florist was making people smile.

"It's always lovely when the women receive the flowers and I see how surprised and happy they are," she said.



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