Now it’s flowers and a carton — with love

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Dannielle Pratt-Jenkin and Jenny Horsley of At the Flower Pot.
Camera IconDannielle Pratt-Jenkin and Jenny Horsley of At the Flower Pot. Credit: Tamra Carr, The Geraldton Guardian

Around Valentine’s Day every year, Geraldton flower shop owner Jenny Horsley sells a bouquet of flowers, only to see the same bundle eventually end up in her house.

It’s just one of the quirks of having her own husband as a customer.

Ms Horsley, 62, has owned At The Flower Pot in Stirlings Central for 11 years.

She said lately there had been a growing number of buys for an arguably overlooked group on Valentine’s Day.

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“We’re getting more and more deliveries for men,” Ms Horsley said.

“Flowers and a carton of beer. Emu Export is probably the favourite.”

She and employee Dannielle Pratt-Jenkin said they expected a boom in sales today as people rush to buy last-minute gifts for their loved ones.

Among the consumers are an increasing number of school-children buying single red roses for their sweethearts.

At Geraldton Floral Studio, owner of 30 years Helen Harvey said she was expecting a similar rush.

The veteran florist said if there’s one thing she has noticed in her time, it’s that roses are red and popular too.

“The red rose is definitely the most popular,” Ms Harvey said. “That and the teddy bear.”

Ms Harvey and her husband Justin are childhood sweethearts from Geraldton Senior High School, though Ms Harvey said neither could be bothered celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Botanical Den owner Bianca Shepley, who is also preparing for people to flock to her flowers, said she was merely hoping for a nice dinner from her beau.

“I’ve got three kids though so it can be tough,” she laughed.

“An adult-only night would be nice though.”

Ms Shepley suggests caring for cut flowers with regular water changes and placing them in cool places, away from heat sources.

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