Beaucoup bouquets for Valentine's Day

Wettable floral foam and a containter turn cash-and-carry flowers into a floral arrangement. Michael Vosburg  Forum News Service

One wrote on Twitter: "Thanks so much for spoiling my wife's Valentine's Day surprise - delivered the flowers a day early (not nominated day) with a courier who threw them over the gate - not what we expect".

Australians spent more than $23 million on Valentine's Day previous year, new data from Commonwealth Bank reveals, and tomorrow's outlay is expected to be even greater.

All businesses delivered the bouquets on time, during businesses hours on the fourth day.

UPS said it expects to transport more than 8 million pounds of flowers - and a total of 88 million blossoms - to destinations in the United States, which the integrator said was equivalent to 64 filled 767 aircraft.

Roses with bigger head sizes are also more expensive, and retailers tend to sell "sweetheart" roses, which have the smallest heads.

Final shipments of flowers arrived over the past few days, forcing crews to kick it into high gear to prepare deliveries.

The lavish Valentine's Day "Mon Amour" bouquet from Orchidya London comes in a range of sizes. This year, he bought a red sequin jacket for the occasion.

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Finer.com.au money expert Bessie Hassan said Valentine's Day "felt like forced fun" for many people.

"I probably wouldn't know that I'm going to run out until Tuesday, and then it's too late to get them", she said. "What worked last year may not work this year".

Hirst said Baraboo Floral hires four additional staff for the days leading up to Valentine's, and doesn't stop there.

Bill Waszkiewicz, owner of Chester's Flower Shop and Greenhouses, said the cost of flowers at his shop hasn't changed.

Monday represented the calm before the storm, which will roll in Tuesday.

According to Mastercard data, spending on air and train travel has been on the increase while purchases of flowers and jewelry are on the decline in recent years Valentine's Day. On Valentine's Day? That number grows into the thousands. He loves arranging flowers, preferably tropical bouquets or hydrangeas, but since retirement he rarely works except for at Hossini's store around Valentine's Day.

KCTV5 News put flower delivery services to the test to find out where you might get the best band for your buck.

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