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Valentine's Day

by CountryLife Gardening | Feb 11, 2015

Give a gift that lasts longer than a week.
Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year when we show the ones we love that we appreciate them.
Usually it consists of a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates. Traditional red roses sell in their millions worldwide at crazy prices just for one day. This year why not try thinking outside of the box and get your loved one something that lasts much longer than just a day. Cut flowers are expensive, awkward and only last a couple of weeks. A potted plant or container is a great alternative because it lasts of years, most flowers for several months and every year it flowers is a reminder of you.

There are lots of spring and summer flowering plants that make perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day. Here’s just a few:

  • Daffodils – nothing says spring like daffodils. They are bright and flower year after year. Put them in a colourful pot or plant them into a bigger container with other spring flowering plants.
  • Primrose – another spring flowering plant that brightens up the dullest of days. They come in a range of colours form white and yellow to pink, red and purple. A great one for pots or if your beloved is a gardener they can be planted out in the garden.
  • Potted roses – potted roses are not in their prime at the minute but now is a great time to plant them. They will bloom for months during the summer and not just for a few weeks in February. There are lots of varieties and colours to choose from. Wrap them in some bright paper to romance it up.
  • Camellias – are the rose of spring. They product large rose-like blooms in early spring, they have evergreen leaves and are suitable for pot. Camellias come in all sizes and they flower every year around Valentine’s Day. Their flowers colours are mainly shades of pink and reds.
  • Fruit trees – we’ve all seen the Pink Lady advert on tv promoting valentine’s day but how about giving your loved one an Apple Tree. Apple trees need a partner to produce a good crop so you could buy one of your loved one and one for you…very romantic altogether! Again they flower every spring and produce fruit every autumn for years to come.

AN alternative Valentine's gift.

 If you want to give your loved one the full package why not get them compost, tools and feed with your potted gift. It takes the stress out of caring for the plants and ensures that they’ll have beautiful flowers and fruit for years to come. Valentine’s Day is just one day out of the whole year, a planted gift shows the love every day of the year.

Jean’s Bio  
Hi my name is Jean, I am a horticulturist with CountryLife in the Ashford branch. I grew up on a farm where we always had a veg garden, so you could say that horticulture and agriculture is in the blood! I studied Landscape Horticulture in UCD and worked part-time in Fernhill Garden Centre, Athlone while I was in college. After graduating I worked in Landscape Architecture for three years before returning to the Garden Centre trade. I began in Keane’s Garden Centre, Kilcolgan, Co Galway and returned to Fernhill Garden Centre for three years before joining CountryLife.  Being a horticulturalist is a great job, you are surrounded by nature every day and there is always something to be done. Meeting customers and giving the advice is very rewarding especially when they report back positive results. I love growing my own fruit and veg and I’m always trying new varieties and ways of growing. The seasons are always changing and while the weather is challenging in Ireland, I believe we grow the best produce in the world.


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