Roses are… dead.
A Glanmire seasonal florist is ditching the traditional red bloom for Valentine’s Day this year as part of an eco-friendly sustainable drive.
Between the Briars, run by the dynamic duo Taylor Nelsen and Kevin O’Connell, is a small sustainably-managed flower farm that is cultivating a Valentine’s Day offering featuring cool-season flowers in vibrant and distinctive designs.
Think ranunculus, the ‘Spring Rose’, boasting multiple petals and romantic hues, and anemones, the pop stars of spring with their dark centres and pastel shades.
They also have hyacinths, with a super scent and long vase life, and broom blossoms, which give flair and movement.
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“Valentine’s Day is a holiday synonymous with red roses: a symbol for love,” said Taylor and Kevin.
“However, the day falls during the coldest months of the year in the northern hemisphere. This means roses, a flower that loves summer temperatures, must be grown in carbon-fuelled glass houses or shipped from summer climates half a world away.”
The duo at Between the Briars outlined that Valentine’s Day is often too early for Irish blooms so they are sourcing from ethical growers in the EU. That said, if Irish blooms can be sourced they will work their magic with them too. Luckily it’s also high time for beautiful Irish foliage, with all the foliage in their Valentine’s offerings being Irish-grown.
They have stunning bouquets starting from €60, with ‘collection at the gate’ and delivery options to Cork city areas the day before, and the day of, Valentine’s Day.