Twas the Night Before Valentine's Day

Twas the Night Before Valentine's Day
By: Wes Wallace

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO --Twas the night before Valentine's, and all through the flower shop.
 
So it's not exactly the classic Christmas poem, but ask any florist and they'll tell you this time of year is their busiest.
 
"Mother's Day is a close second," says Tina Thieret, Manager of Sunny Hill Garden Center, "February 14-th is hands down our most hectic day."
 
Like a marathoner preparing for a long distance run, it all starts weeks in advance for those in the flower business.  
 
"We prepare our orders to get all our flowers in, then we get them in a few days before, and spend a lot of time getting them ready, " explains Thieret, "No woman likes thorns on her roses, so we have to go through and get them all of the stems."
 
The display cooler and storage coolers are full of a rainbow of colors.  Arrangements of all kinds...some roses, some not.
 
Besides the traditional roses, carnations are a popular alternative, and so are exotic or tropical arrangements.