Valentine's Day and flowers are a pretty unbeatable duo. If the thought of sending plain old red roses is too much to bear, Bloomingdale's has some pretty interesting options for flower sending. Of particular note are those from Oprah-anointed floral designer Jane Carroll who stuffs flowers into boxes and cake shapes. The flower boot, shown here, is one of her unique designs and sells for $250. There are other designs on her website including a mini knot garden with a heart shape.
We know the reasons for buying organic produce but organic flowers? Organic Bouquet is a company that sells organic flowers online and through natural food stores such as Whole Foods Markets. For Valentine's Day they are offering the classic dozen of long-stemmed red roses but these are certified organic and guaranteed to last at least seven days from delivery. Why buy organic flowers? Organic Bouquet has a list of reasons that include contributing to the health of farm workers and florists, reducing toxic chemical usage in the world and supporting local organic farming communities. One dozen sells for $39.95.
Here in Southern California, the Tournament of Roses parade and Rose Bowl game are a big deal. If you are an obsessed fan but not into painting your face, you could always carry these flowers from Speaking Roses. The company is producing fresh, silk and preserved roses embossed with the official logos of the Tournament of Roses, the University of Texas, and the University of Southern California, who will compete in the Rose Bowl for the 2006 NCAA national championship. Adozen fresh roses sells for just under $100.