There will be a lot of flower-giving again, especially of red roses, the most popular blooms during Valentine’s Day. These flowers are often associated with love, passion, and romance. This connection dates back to the Victorian Era, when professing feelings in public weren’t socially acceptable, so they used symbols like red roses.
Although still popular, it doesn’t mean that we have to adopt the red roses tradition to express our admiration for our significant others. If you want a change, be a little edgy, and challenge the norms (like it’s a big deal), here are some floral gifts that are more impressive than a bouquet of roses.
Spruce Floral Designs
Patricia Pastelero a.k.a. The Floralist at Spruce has non-traditional Valentine’s Day flower arrangements this year—amaryllis and vanda orchid arrangements. The amaryllis are arranged in a lacquered box. The two-stem arrangement costs P2,250, three-stem is at P2,850, and five-stem is at P4,450. The vibrant vanda orchids, on the other hand, are also arranged in a lacquered box and priced at P3,950.
Spruce also offers delivery service.
Akong Gugma, a flower shop by RabbitHole Creatives, offers exotic floralscapes in different wooden vessels made of natural palochina. There’s a mix of Holland orchids, hydrangeas, local berries, Bangkok roses, strawflowers, and “unwanted” sunflowers. It costs P7,000.
There’s also an arrangement that plays with tropical blooms paired with queen protea, dephinium, local orchids, and an adolescent cabbage rose. It’s priced at P4,000.
Akong Gugma offers delivery via Guava Sketches at Greenbelt 3.
Aesthetic Flowers is famous for being the first to commercially introduce the Beauty and the Beast-inspired Enchanted Rose, a preserved rose enclosed in a glass dome imported from Ecuador. But aside from that, if you’re veering away from the roses, they also have a box of daisies, assorted berries, and white statice. A box costs P5,100 inclusive of delivery free within Metro Manila.
This lifestyle and flower shop at The Alley at Karrivin Plaza has so much more than a typical bouquet of roses (which they also have, of course). There are arrangements with cymbidium orchids, lilies, hydrangeas, proteas, and more blooms.
Trellis Manila is a fairly new addition to the neighborhood of Mother Ignacia near Tomas Morato. This flower shop, which doubles as a restaurant, has a wide array of blooms you can choose from—there are peonies, lilies, ranunculus, hyacinthus, and anemones.
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Writer: YAZHMIN MALAJITO