Love in Bloom!

How do I love thee, let me count the ways….

When I hear that quote by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, I can’t help but think of plucking petals off a daisy and thinking….he loves me, he loves me not, or, she loves me, she loves me not, as the poem goes. You probably won’t be picking petals off of a daisy to come to that conclusion, but instead, trying to figure out what flowers to give your loved one or endearing other to show your love.

Seriously though, there is nothing better than a vase filled with a beautiful bouquet of cut flowers or roses….I know because I’ve been on the receiving end, and they are truly beautiful! But if you’re looking for something with longevity, there are plenty of other options with potted flowers and plants! This Valentine’s Day, I hope everyone is feeling the love, so here’s my take!

Let’s face it, a bouquet of Red Roses are the epitome of Valentine’s Day, but as a potted plant, Red Roses will continue to bloom and grow for years. bit.ly/20EwVsq

The tropical Anthurium (pictured above), is hard to pronounce but easy to grow, will have heart-shaped flowers (spathes) on slender stalks that last year round with the proper care, the right temperature, and indirect sunlight. If you have a warm spot in your heart for someone special, this plant (also known as the Flamingo Lily) loves the warmth!  bit.ly/1mlUJ4D

Orchids are such elegant stunners! Flowers on these exotic plants come in a spectrum of colors, and bloom atop delicate, leggy stems. bit.ly/1PdVF3b

Love is in the air with the sweet smell of a Gardenia plant! Pearly white, fragrant flowers are surrounded by glossy, green leaves, and are simply breathtaking. bit.ly/1memkVw

Dwarf Jade Bonsai (bonsai is the art of pruning a plant so it forms into a miniature tree) is a  succulent plant known as the friendship, silver dollar, or money plant…..and no, money doesn’t grow on the tree! bit.ly/1PCOOE8

Succulents have thick, fleshy leaves in an array of color variations. These plants are truly low maintenance, hard to kill, and unique in design. bit.ly/1PNRomq

Talk about a unique design, and a sweetheart of a plant, the Hoya sweetheart plant or wax hearts, are thick heart-shaped leaves that begin as a leaf or two and remains as such for many months, then quickly bushes out to become a climbing plant with many more leaves. bit.ly/1L19gt3

Remember, think outside the box of the usual florist delivery or online ordering, and don’t hesitate to shop at a grocery store or garden center for less pricey options. There is an abundance of choices and you get to hand-pick it yourself!

Now, as we’ve moved into February, take a “leap” (wink, wink) of faith as you’re planning to keep your love alive this Valentine’s Day. Dinner and candy will be a good start, but potted flowers or plants will seal the deal!

To you and yours, Happy Valentine’s Day!