Valentine’s Day Flower Guide

Posted on February 14, 2012 13 Comments

My great grandfather owned a flower shop in Pilsen, a Chicago neighborhood on the city’s near West side, until at least the 1950′s. I didn’t know him and most certainly did not inherit his green thumb, but somehow my mom managed to instill in me an appreciation of flowers and the people who know how to grow them. Mom is very serious about which of her local flower shops have the highest quality product for the best price.

I don’t always follow her preferences; I recently bought her flowers for her birthday from a chain grocery store for too high a price, because the colors caught my eye and the label said they were sustainably grown and I was in a hurry.

Today, I think a lot of folks will purchase their flowers similarly, paying marked-up prices for small bouquets while rushing home.

For those who can spare a few minutes to think through their purchase, the folks at personal finance blog FrugalDad have developed a handy infographic to make sure you buy the right bouquet for all the flower-lovers in your life.  As they put it, sometimes “putting more thought than money can really make the gift more special.”  I’ve posted the  lovely graphic below. 

If you read the infographic and you’re still confused about which bouquet to pick, just stay with something simple that you know the receiver likes. A lot of folks go with red roses, the traditional choice, but I’m personally a fan of tightly bunched, bright colored flowers of the same variety like pink tulips, red peonies, or blue hydrangeas. And my mom? I’m sure my dad will be getting her a dozen yellow roses tomorrow, her favorite flower, the same kind she receives for every special day.

flower guide



Category: Life


13 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Flower Guide”

  1. Allison
    February 14th, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I love tulips also. But, my favorite flower is the calla lilie.

  2. The Budgeting Babe
    February 14th, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    Shoot! I was going to include those, but left them out accidentally! Calla Lilies are gorgeous too!

  3. Michelle
    February 14th, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    Wow this is very interesting! And I’m with Allison, my fave is the calla lilie

  4. Jeremy
    February 14th, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    I often take the easy way out and get the florist to help pick something appropriate. The infographic from FrugalDad is pretty interesting. Red always seems like the natural color to choose for Valentine’s Day flowers, but it seems like a boring choice to me.

  5. Michelle
    February 14th, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    Glad I never received black! I didn’t get any flowers this year. My husband was out delivering flowers for some extra dough. I guess my Valentine’s gift this year will be to get out of debt a little sooner (…and my Mother’s Day gift…and Easter…oh, and my birthday..) ;)

  6. Dad
    February 15th, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    Hah! No flowers for V day this year. (However, the birthday was just a week ago…)

  7. The Budgeting Babe
    February 15th, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    I got a nice mixed bouquet and some chocolate. And I was totally looking at the flowers and colors in the bouquet based on this infographic to see what they all meant!

  8. The Budgeting Babe
    February 15th, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Dad, no flowers, really!? I’m shocked! She loves flowers!

  9. Tom
    February 15th, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    This Post is great, i would say im staying away from black flowers! but do they exist, i cant think of any

  10. Dad
    February 16th, 2012 @ 6:26 am

    N- I walked into her store the other day, and she handed me a box of dove chocolates, and said “go pay for this-it’s what you’re getting me for V-day” I obeyed her wishes.(also made steak & lobster for dinner)

  11. The Budgeting Babe
    February 16th, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    Tom, I don’t know if flowers are black naturally, but you can def find man-made black roses. Very Beetlejuice :)

  12. The Budgeting Babe
    February 16th, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    Dad – That sounds like mom.

  13. Tom
    February 26th, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    Thanks Budgeting babe, beetle juice indeed!

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