Florists around the county have had a busy week preparing floral arrangements for Valentine’s Day.

Renee Nicholson, owner of the Everett Flower Shop, 40 N. Spring St. Everett, said the traditional red rose is the most commonly requested flower for the holiday year-after-year.

“For Valentine’s Day, of course it’s red roses,” she said. “They symbolize love, so on Valentine’s Day, everybody thinks of red roses.”

Nicholson said colored roses are being requested more each year, noting her shop has just about every color of rose available.

“One of our big sellers this year was our rainbow roses. I think we actually sold out in one day,” Nicholson said, adding there was a limited supply of the arrangement.

Mandy Shippy, owner of Doyle’s Flower Shop, 400 S. Richard St., said the holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for florists.

“I would say Mother’s Day is the busiest, and then Valentine’s Day,” she said. “It’s right up there though.”

Shippy agreed with Nicholson’s thoughts on the most common order.

“It’s roses — but a lot of people like the different mixed arrangements too,” she said. “Lilies, daisies, orchids — things like that. But roses are always the most popular.”

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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