By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Retail | Issue: February 2012
Dee Lavin, florist at Countryside Flowers and Gifts.
Nineteenth century author Henry Drummond once wrote, “You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” Perhaps that is why the giving of gifts on Valentine’s Day has become so firmly entrenched in tradition that one cannot imagine the month of February without it. And unlike the Christmas season, during which gifts of practical purpose are often the norm, Valentine’s Day inspires gifts that appeal to a sense of beauty and inspire emotional sentiment.
For 25 years, Countryside Flowers and Gifts in Owasso has been committed to helping others express their affection on Valentine’s Day and all throughout the year. As always, they will offer a wide variety of traditional floral arrangements. “The top seller is still red roses, followed closely by bouquets of mixed flowers, including red roses, lilies and other flowers,” owner Steve Baggett reports, adding that roses are also available in multiple shades of pink, white, lavender, orange and green. “Many customers are opting to go for a less traditional style with their rose orders, choosing a contemporary arrangement in a bamboo box or a in a vase accented with beaded wire, for example.” For those who want to purchase a gift for a gardener in their lives, Countryside offers an array of live green and flowering plants, such as azaleas, potted tulips and hyacinths, orchids, and hydrangeas.
Anyone who has visited Countryside Flowers and Gifts knows the selection extends well beyond flowers and plants. This greatly expands one’s ability to create a unique gift combination. “Any of Countryside’s extensive gift line items can be added and delivered with your flower order,” says Steve. “Some ideas include Valentine’s chocolates and assorted candies, candles, stuffed animals, balloons and much more.”
Steve also points to DaVinci Beads, which he describes as “a hot item right now.” These beads come with many styles of hearts, with various red, pink and white beads – perfect for Valentine’s Day. “The beads will fit on many of the other bracelets on the market, but the price is much friendlier to the consumer,” Steve says, “especially if they are also sending flowers, candy and other gifts.”
Distance poses no problem in this age of instant communication, and Countryside will be working with Teleflora to offer the following specials:
• Teleflora XOXO Bouquet with roses, lilies, and carnations in a ceramic vase with a red metallic finish and accented with an XOXO bracelet
• Teleflora Send A Hug Puppy Love Bouquet, featuring a ceramic vase with a stuffed pink and red puppy, roses, alstromeria, carnations and daisies
• Teleflora Twin Hearts Bouquet in a double-heart ceramic vase with spray roses and alstromeria
“Countryside will also feature deluxe versions of these bouquets, which contain additional flowers as well as some of the ‘higher-end’ blooms like orchids or hydrangeas,” Steve notes. “In addition to these Teleflora specials, Countryside will have a multitude of other floral choices and will customize your order to fit your special Valentine’s needs.” Steve strongly urges everyone to order early for the best selection and advises that if you would like to send flowers out of town, your order should be placed no later than February 9, since a lot of florist’s specials sell out early. To capture the “spirit of love” mentioned by Drummond and create lasting impressions of that spirit, visit Countryside Flowers to find the perfect expression of your sentiment.