"Help My Man Buy Better Flowers"
Twenty four year-old Josh has a theory about buying his girlfriend flowers. He explains matter of factly: "If I can get a dozen roses and a dozen eggs at the same place, to me that sounds like a great arrangement," says Josh, much to the frustration of his girlfriend.
With an attitude like that, it's no wonder women are often let down when their man walks in the door on Valentine's Day! But with a little help from Colby, you'll get just the flowers you want this year (click on the images in the green box to the right for more shopping do's and don'ts).
Gardening expert Rebecca Kolls explains that the number one mistake men make when ordering Valentine's Day flowers is waiting too long. "They do last minute shopping," she says. "Your order is going to go at the bottom of the list. You're going to set yourself up for so many complications that can and will go wrong ... Your flowers that you ordered may not be exactly what your woman gets because by the end of the day they might be out of the flowers." And even worse, they may not arrive on time.
She recommends ordering a few weeks in advance, but for those procrastinators: "If you're going to wait until the last minute ... make sure it's a reputable company. There's going to be a lot of bargains out there and it's no bargain when you don't get flowers," Rebecca says, adding, the best option is to go talk to a local florist who can then guarantee that the order will be processed in time.
"And that's what they want! The women want to know that you made the effort to go to the store," Rachael advises.
Once the flowers have arrived, some simple care will keep them nice and fresh. "Change the water daily. Cut them down every day just a little bit," Rebecca says. "Add a splash of hydrogen peroxide to the water -- just a little splash -- that will kill the bacteria."
But what about a great romantic gift for the man? Colby says this is a no-brainer. "When it comes to guys there are those holidays that take top priority to us: our birthday, Super Bowl Sunday," Colby jokes. "Valentine's Day is about you women ... You can't go wrong with us so don't stress out about it."
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