After 20 years with my Scottish spouse I have learnt to tolerate his aversion to all things valentine yet every February I harbour a hope that maybe this will be the year he finds his inner romance. He did once present me with 48 red roses - each individually wrapped in "Bailey's Irish Cream" cellophane (leftovers from a promotional event he had attended that day). Perhaps this is the real reason I became a florist - the chance to create the kind of bouquets I can only dream of receiving next Thursday should my Mr.
Darcey come calling.
This year I have used the "Premier Cru" of all red roses - Grand Prix - as the basis for the designs, combining them with deep red fringed Paris roses, miniature spray roses, lilac clematis and the beautiful, delicate and richly coloured, ranunculus "purple heart". To these I have added tiny eucalyptus with english bay leaves, sage and rosemary for fragrance and texture.
Tania is a forty something year old North Londoner with a love of flowers, floral design and floristry.