Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Valentine's Day!

Hello again,

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! You and your loved one(s) need to know why we are consistently voted Maine’s Favorite Florist by the wise readers of People, Places and Plants magazine! Let our roses and lovely flower choices show you why.

You can come in and place that special order OR give us a call OR check out our wonderful choices at! Your choice—but with Skillin’s you can’t make the wrong choices.

P. Allen Smith reminds us that Valentine’s Day is a special holiday for gardeners because fresh flowers are on the top of the gift-giving list. It is nice to be surrounded by blooms just when winter is beginning to grow weary. If you are the recipient of long stemmed roses or another type of cut flower, there are a couple of things that you can do to extend the enjoyment of this romantic gift. The flower preservative packets supplied by Skillin's Greenhouse can be added to the water to keep the flowers looking their best.

Before you slip the flowers into the solution, re cut the stems under water at a slight angle; this is particularly helpful for roses. Also strip away any leaves that fall below the water line. Follow these steps for any flowers you may receive as Valentine’s gifts as well as those you prepare to give as presents. And remember to keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat.With these techniques you can expect your cut flowers to last an extra four to five days!

Mike Skillin
Skillin's Greenhouses
February 10, 2008 (reprinted for 2/11/2009)

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