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Roses are Red: How to Speak from the Heart… with Flowers

A bouquet of a dozen red roses may be a Valentine’s Day cliché, but this enduring symbol of romance is popular for a reason: everyone knows that a red rose means love!

But step into the shop of any florist in Stanislaus County and you’ll find roses in a huge range of colors. So we set out to find the hidden meanings behind other beautiful hues with the help of Leticia Casillas from Hand Creations Floral in Ceres.

“Every holiday, red is the most popular,” say Casillas, because this ubiquitous hue signifies love. But while red carries the market—especially around February 14—lavender (“love at first sight”), hot pink (“appreciation”) and white (“purity”) are also popular choices for the lovestruck.

Here’s the full breakdown on what a rose of a different color might be saying to your significant other:roses

Tips from a Florist

Finding the perfect flower arrangement for your V-Day sweetie doesn’t have to mean long lines and high prices. Make use of these tips to save money, time and still get the meaningful bouquet you’re looking for this February 14.

Shop Ahead:

A desperate last minute trip to the florist may be in the cards for many loving admirers, but planning ahead can save more than just time, says Casillas. “A lot of flower shops offer discounts to those customers who order early.” Scheduling a delivery in advance will save your local florist some time on the busiest day of the year and can get you a discount or add ons for your order.

Think Outside the Bud

Roses may mean romance, but if you’re looking to save some cash, consider different varieties. “If you stay within the colors, but choose something other than roses, you can get a better price,” says Casillas. Tulips or gerber daisies in red are great romantic options, and they can help you skip the spike in rose costs that accompanies the season.

Go Local

Ordering from the internet may be convenient, but calling up a local florist can often mean better prices, more bouquet options and personal customer service you can’t find online. Many online storefronts with local delivery options contract with local florists to fulfill your order, so skip the middle man and go directly to the source. Don’t have a local florist? can help you locate one in your neighborhood.

Hand Creations Floral is located at 2307 Lawrence Street in Ceres and is available on the web at

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