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Last order dates for Valentine’s Day delivery range from as early as February 7 (eg Cornish Flowers) to as late as 5pm on February 12 (Marks & Spencer), so check before placing your order.
Purely Roses (01572 737377). Roses grown in Kenya without artificial light or heat are more carbon-efficient than flowers grown within the UK and Europe. Roses (look for the sprays, which are particularly good value), from £35 for 50 stems delivered in a stylish green box.
Scent from the Islands (01720 422169) Scented narcissi delivered in a box with your personal message on a card. From £14 for 30.
Pinks by Post (01803 872361). Traditional pinks, rather than carnations, are the house speciality, grown in environmentally friendly fashion under glass with no heating. Bunch of 25 pinks £14.25; anemones and freesias also available.
Clowance Wood Nurseries (01209 831317). Early daffodils, alstromerias, Kaffir lilies, anemones, tulips. Bunch of 30 Cornish daffodils with foliage, £11.99, incl gift wrap.
Cornish Flowers (01579 350 949). Alstroemeria, daffodils, freesias and carnations are available; 15 mixed freesias £17.
Wiggly Wigglers (01981 500391). Wiggly Wigglers, famous for its wormeries and composting devices, also supplies seasonal cut flowers. A mixed box for Valentine’s Day contains tulips, daffodils, Michaelmas daisies, local chrysanths, goldenrod, eryngium and eucalyptus foliage, £31.50.
Allwoods Carnations (01273 844229) Flowers are arranged with foliage and a personal message. Bunch of 12 red carnations, £16.95; bunch of 50 stems, £50.
Marks & Spencer (01925 672317). Good for traditional red roses – a dozen Fairtrade Kenyan red roses, £19.99.
Flowered (0845 218 1435). All flowers are ethically sourced and profits go to the Global Fund to help eliminate Aids in Africa. A bunch of 40 petite African sweetheart roses, in pink, yellow or white, £22.