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Michael Paris from KellyCo Flowers & Gifts says: "For a romantic Valentine's day, express your love with the best Valentine's Day flowers from KellyCo Flowers & Gifts".

According to the National Retail Federation of United States, consumers are expected to spend about $19.6 billion on Valentine's gifts, up from $18.2 billion compared to a year ago.

If you order online, buyer beware.

"Flower-wise, roses being the biggest hit, we'll probably do anywhere between 1,800 and 2,200 roses just for Valentine's Day". "I went through the first two pages, and they were all good", said Chantel. “This is why we rev up our operations to move more than 514,000 boxes of flowers. Stephen Shanks said Valentine's Day is typically "very busy" when it falls in the middle or later in a work week.

Tim Humphrey, owner of Humphrey Floral and Gift in Fort Atkinson says your efforts will wilt should you miss the day.

Australia has imported a record number of roses in the lead-up to Valentine's Day, data from the Department of Agriculture has revealed.

750,000 square feet of greenhouses, just 15,000 square feet is designated for growing red roses these days, he said.

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The average shopper will spend $143.56 on Valentine's Day gifts like jewelry, flowers, candy, and dinner - an increase from last year's $136.57. The holiday is also a big day for local businesses.

"We usually start out asking what the recipient's favorite flower is, what their favorite color is, but usually on Valentine's it's the red rose", Willoughby said. Store Manager James Hyatt said with no severe winter weather in Wednesday's forecast, his employees will be filling in-store orders for arrangements of seasonal bouquets and roses.

One Interflora customer tweeted a picture of her flowers and accompanying card - pointing out that she'd been delivered the wrong blooms. KellyCo Flowers is great business to get a wide variety of flowers and gifts. But people above that age want exotic flowers. Prolonging the life of lovely blooms is a priority for those who want their Valentine's Day arrangements to endure as long as possible.

"A favorite here in St. Cloud, we have a bouquet that's called lilies and roses and it's got the large stargazer lilies in combination with roses, so it makes up a lovely, fragrant bouquet".

It appears Valentine's Day participation tapers off the older Aussies get.

In addition to the 500 deliveries on Valentine's Day, hundreds of deliveries are made Monday and Tuesday.

Today, people continue to send flowers on special occasions or to express sentiments of love and admiration.

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