Consider this your warning: Valentine’s Day is almost here!! Does the object of your passion know the depths of your regard? Does your best friend know that your friendship will bloom forever? Does your mom know she’ll always be your Valentine?
Regardless of your current relationship status, flowers should be on your shopping list this year. While last minute orders from generic floral websites may relieve a lover’s conscience, they do little for our local economy and the result is often disappointing (baby’s breath and carnations are so 1986!).
Plan ahead this year, and select your roses from among the expert Austin florists below. Thoughtfully chosen blooms smell sweeter and last longer! Then you can move on to the next task, selecting an amazing Austin eatery to make reservations at!
McPhail Florist & Greenhouse
When looking to start a new tradition, perhaps you should start with one of Austin’s oldest traditions! McPhail Florist & Greenhouse has been in business for over 75 years, making it one of the most iconic purveyors of decorative flora. Nestled behind The Long Center, you can trust the experienced staff here to hold your hand through the process of selecting the perfect set of blooms to symbolize your emotions.
The Enchanted Florist
If tried and true isn’t quite the style you’re looking for, perhaps you would prefer “wonderfully weird”? The Enchanted Florist is located in downtown Austin and evokes the charm of a hobbit’s garden. Mixed in with the strange blooms and assorted succulents are odd bric-a-brac and containers. It will be difficult to leave this place without something memorable.
Does your Valentine have a green thumb? The horticulturally-inclined significant other may prefer a living specimen over a transient bouquet. For this, I recommend Freytag’s Florist. Beyond the expected selection of roses and tulips, they always have a beautiful selection of potted flora to bring recurring blooms to a special someone. Bonus points for purchasing a matching watering can.
Austin Flower Company
Austin Flower Company is for the serious flower lover. Someone who knows the difference between a dahlia and a daffodil (no googling!). The freshest blooms are found here, carefully maintained in their refrigerated room. There are no bouquets, but for an aspiring florist, arranging some well-chosen stems will be the cherry on top. Also, the minimalist shop has great deals to go with the self-serve arrangements. Give them a call to find out how much a dozen roses cost. They usually have the best price in town.
Want some extra tips from a lady who loves flowers? It’s not the cost, it’s the sentiment. Even a single bloom can make her blush! If extra meaning is needed, try using Victorian Flower meanings – just make sure to include a cheat sheet in the card!
As always, photography by Trevor Yopp. Thank you, Valentine!
Are you inspired to shop local this Valentine’s Day?