Saying it with flowers still a popular choice

ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 05:00 15/02/2014
Victoria Florists
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BUSY ARRANGING: Valentines Day at the Victoria Florists on Idris Rd in Christchurch.

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Christchurch was a city awash with romance.

Despite fears to the contrary, Christchurch men have not lost their touch. If anything, this Valentines Day was one of the busiest yet for some florists with a dozen red roses still the most popular choice.

Victoria Florists owner Trevor Ward said rebuild workers set the standard this year.

"We've had a lot of guys come in with Irish or British accents," he said. "They're mostly sending flowers to locals."

He also noticed more men sending flowers anonymously and "keeping the ladies guessing".

Some men chose to hedge their bets on Valentines Day and sent bunches of flowers to more than one address.

"We've had some big spenders sending two bunches of flowers," Ward said. "I've noticed more of that this year."

Miss Feaver Florist owner Cynthia Chamberlain said her store's motto was, "The wife gets the biggest bunch".

While some were counting on more than one possibility yesterday, others were using the day to pop the question. Chamberlain said proposing was popular on Valentines Day, but her shop only knew of one this year.

Chamberlain said the biggest spender this year had been a man who bought six dozen red roses.

"The men are out in full force this year."

"I think it has to do with partners appreciating each other more since the earthquakes," she said. "To be honest, it doesn't matter if it's one rose or six dozen."

Florist Debra Kinnaird said while she had seen fewer grand gestures this year, there were more men making the effort.

"I think just buying flowers is romantic," she said. "Most of these guys aren't buying flowers usually.

"Many moons ago there were lovely things like three dozen roses and bottles of bubbly, but not so much any more."

However, she said, about 80 per cent of her customers were men, which was a marked change from a few years ago when it was mostly women buying the flowers.

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