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Valentine’s Day when love and flowers bloom

By Carol Sones Shelter - | Feb 10, 2021

Rhonda of Rose Wood Flowers amid bouquets readied for Valentine’s Day. For 31 years, the Muncy Shop arranged and delivered flowers for all occasions. RUTH FRY/The Luminary

MUNCY – For local flower shop owners, Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest of the year followed closely by Mother’s Day and Christmas. At a long narrow table, Rhonda at the Rose Wood shop stood overlooking a large variety of flowers in various colors and hues. All beauties, the long stems await being sized filling specific orders.

When referring to Cupid’s upcoming day, Rhonda said, “Most men think there’s only one flower . . . roses, ordering a dozen of red or occasionally mixed colors.”

Due to the fragrance, Rhonda favorites are the Stargazer or any Oriental lily, considered the oldest flower in the world.

Rose Wood Flowers came about due to Rhonda’s and mother Jean taking classes in flower arranging offered by what was the tech school in Williamsport. Now in business for 31 years, Jean remains the delivery person. It is the mother who reaps the reward of all the work at the shop when greeted at doorways by smiles from receiptants.

HUGHESVILE – Cheri’s House of Flowers is a forty year business in town, operated by Cheri the past 13 years. It was difficult for the owner to name a favorite but shared she’d used Stargazer Lilies in her wedding. The lily is dedicated to the Virgin Mary in honor of purity, perhaps why many brides choose to include lilies in their bouquets.

PHOTO PROVIDED At Cheri’s House of Flowers in Hughesville, Sandy (shown) fills an order with red roses and baby’s breath. Sandy, along with Cheri, each have 40 years experience in flower arranging.

“Yes, Valentine’s Day is the highlight of the year,” said Sandy, who said both she and Cheri have forty years experience for a total of eighty in flower arranging.

Due to the pandemic, orders have increased to elder care facilities. Some choices have been bulb gardens featuring hyacinths, tulips, mini paper narcissus, crocus, also greenery having flowers inserted in water picks. Sandy said that, “We have inexpensive gifts which can accompany flowers such as chocolate, jewelry, and choices of uplifting messages on wood or plastic for desktops or walls.”

Sandy also said,“Flower shops have changed over the years with on-line requests, but we still have walk-Ins and want our clientele to know we appreciate them.”

LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS

In the printing, “The Language of Flowers,” Penhaligon’s treasury of verse and prose, the meaning of THE ROSE is defined. All roses convey the meaning of love and each color is listed in a category. The White Rose is for purity and spiritual love; the yellow rose is for friendship or the decrease of love and infidelity; the cabbage rose is the ambassador of love; the musk rose, capricious beauty; the singe rose for simplicity.