The next time you’re tempted to stop and smell the roses—or perhaps buy some for the woman you love—think again. “Many commercially available roses don’t actually have any fragrance,” reveals Amy Stewart, author of Flower Confidential. “They’ve had their scent bred out of them to make them more durable for their long trip from the flower farm to your doorstep. What you’re really smelling at the flower shop is an aerosol spray that gives off an artificial rose fragrance.” More evidence of the collapse of civilization, perhaps; who would dream of giving anything so inauthentic? So we’ve scoured the world to discover floral bouquets that make real scents—because buying a woman some romantic flowers is just one of the smart ways to say “I love you” with actions, not words.
B. Brooks, in San Francisco, is the Tiffany & Co. of the online floral industry. They’ll tailor a bouquet to your beloved’s taste after you answer a few questions about the occasion, her color preferences, and her personality. Next, the request is dispatched to one of 600 designers nationwide, who then scours local markets for unusual, romantic flowers, such as parrot tulips. Do this enough, and you’ll be well on your way to mastering the romantic proposal.
Beautiful Orchids imports its flowers from Asia, and its extensive offerings range from classics, such as the hardy Miltonia, to rarities like the Lilac Vuylstekeara—a hybrid created in Belgium in 1912. Plants generally last four to five weeks. For other ways to win her heart from the get-go, memorize the 10 sexiest things you can say on a first date.
The next time you throw a party for her, try filling the entire house with dozens and dozens of fresh-cut flowers. It’s easier (and cheaper) than you’d ever think, if you cut out the middleman and buy directly from the growers. You can get bulk orders of a wide variety of freshly grown flowers from Fifty Flowers. Now, after she’s wooed with all of these romantic flowers, try the 15 ways to impress any woman.
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