Tulips! Tulips come in an amazing assortment of colors and varieties: French, Frill, Holland, and Parrot to name a few. They are a cool weather plants and are abundantly available in February. They are less fragile to deliver in cold temperatures. They are easy to care for as a cut flower. They scream Spring during dreary winter days.The cost can be relatively inexpensive. In fact, for Valentine's Day we run a special of 100 tulips wrapped for delivery or pick up for $100.00. It makes a dramatic statement in one big arrangement or spread throughout a room or the house in many vases. Your Valentine will love you forever!
Holland tulips are the most common tulip available. They are a standard tulip shape and petal count and come in a wide array of colors. When purchased when they are still tight and slightly immature, they can last 5 - 7 days with proper care: cut the stems before placing in a vase full of water. Change the water and re-cut the stems every few days.
French tulips have larger heads, softer colors, and last slightly longer.
Frill tulips are a newer variety available to florists. They are a standard shape with cut edges and come in a variety of colors and petal count. They can last 5 - 7 days with proper care. See above.
Parrot tulips have been around forever. However, have not been consistently used by florists until the last 5 years or so. They are more of a cupped shaped petal with serrated edges and come in assorted colors that are typically variegated in the petal. Petal combos can be white/green, pink/green, pink/cream, red/yellow, etc. Parrot tulips can last 7 - 10 days as a cut flower with proper care: see above.
Here's a great article to learn more about the history of a rare tulip: semper augustus