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Always prepared, florist sees last minute rush for flowers on Valentine’s Day

Posted: 5:58 PM, Feb 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-14 21:53:07-05

Valentine’s Day is the busiest day of the year for most floral shops across the country as thousands buy flowers for their loved ones.

Americans are expected to spend $2 billion on flowers and one of Lafayette’s most popular florists shows that the expectation is likely true.

Thursday morning, colorful bunches of roses were flying off the shelves at Mary’s Flowers and Gifts in Lafayette.

“Instead of ordering just a whole completely dozen of roses, I’ve seen more of them with mixed flowers, mixed colored arrangements, which was beautiful,” says florist Mary Andrus.

At around nine, the shop was almost out of flowers to sell.

Andrus says she has seen more last-minute buyers than ever but just because shoppers are late, doesn’t mean Mary is.

She has prepared for this day for months.

“We started making our bows for valentines in December and started to place our orders for flowers in January and when it came to February all we did was bought our vases and supplies,” Andrus said.

Even though the work should be done at the end of Valentine’s Day, Mary said she’s ready to fill even more orders in the day to come.

“We still will be delivering flowers over the weekends because guys that’s husbands and boyfriends are working out of town, working, so we’ll still be delivering for valentines,” Andrus says.