Be my money-saving Valentine
Wondering how many days it is until Valentine’s Day? Just ask your local florist.

Frank Bohlander at Best Wishes Floral has filled hundreds of Valentine’s Day orders in his 30-plus years of business in Golden Valley. He has extra staff hired to work extra hours on a day when flowers are in high demand. Bohlander carefully plans and prepares, then waits to fill routine and last-minute orders. He says it's always an adventure.

But it doesn't have to be an overly expensive one. Bohlander insists everyone can give a thoughtful Valentine, regardless of budget. People should communicate that to the florist to see how they can work together to come up with the best Valentine possible.

While the red rose might be the most popular gift of the day, people might not realize it’s the most expensive time of year to grow a rose.

"Greenhouses have to be heated and our days are short," explains Bohlander.

Plus, high demand drives up the price. Instead of roses, opt for an in-season flower.

"We have locally grown tulips that we can do in a vase for a third of the cost of a dozen roses," says Bohlander.

If your sweetheart's heart is set on red roses, consider a single bud in a vase with a few special add-ons, like a specialty candy bar or local honey. Think about giving a bouquet of other flowers that only includes a few roses.

"We want our customers feeling like they have the perfect Valentine gift," says Bohlander.

The early-shopper gets the best selection and, often, first priority. If you are a last-minute shopper, you may wind up paying more than you would otherwise.

Shannon Slatton, reporting
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