Here Are the Flowers People Bought at Whole Foods on Valentine's Day

Here Are the Flowers People Bought at Whole Foods on Valentine’s Day

Issues had been busy Valentine’s Day night on the P Avenue Entire Meals. {Photograph} by Mimi Montgomery.

Late yesterday afternoon, 14th Avenue, Northwest, seemed just like the set of a rom-com film: {couples} met exterior of eating places for dates, and folks hustled previous one another with balloons, sweet, and flowers in-tow, desirous to get house to whomever they had been celebrating the vacation with.

The P Avenue Entire Meals was no exception to the insanity, particularly the floral aisle, which was full of clients making last-minute purchases. Individuals might both purchase pre-made bouquets or cease by a floral stand arrange only for the vacation, the place they may assemble a group of their selecting.

This 12 months, the Amazon-owned chain had a particular deal: Prime members had been eligible to purchase a dozen roses—licensed by the corporate’s fair-trade program—for $19.99 ($24.99 for non-members) at their native shops. But the vast majority of flower-purchasers I spoke with weren’t conscious of the deal in any respect, and had opted to go their very own route when it got here to the ultimate determination. This additionally could also be as a result of the shop ran out of purple roses in early, in response to one of many employees members. “It’s Valentine’s Day,” she stated earlier than wrapping one other bouquet and handing it into the gang.

Aside from one girl I spoke with, the shoppers dashing into the shop to seize flowers had been males who all appeared like they had been in want of a last-minute Valentine’s gesture. (To not posit gender stereotypes right here, however perhaps it’s as a result of that they had procrastinated?) Whereas most didn’t appear to have a concrete methodology when it got here to purchasing their flowers (they only went off coloration and fundamental aesthetics), many did forgo what they referred to as “stereotypical roses” for extra distinctive flowers, usually choosing locally-sourced choices, as nicely.

Herewith, a area journal of gallants encountered within the wild:

Andrew Maisel purchased tulips for his spouse. {Photograph} by Mimi Montgomery.

Andrew Maisel, shopping for flowers for his spouse of two-and-a-half years.

Flowers: Tulips.

Do you purchase her flowers yearly on Valentine’s Day? “Uh, yeah, I feel so.”

How did you decide these out? “I used to work at a flower store, and the one who labored there stated by no means do roses and don’t even take into consideration carnations. Plus, I preferred the yellow and blue.”

Jack, pondering the floral business whereas buying flowers for his spouse. {Photograph} by Mimi Montgomery.

Jack, shopping for flowers for his spouse of two years.

Did you purchase her flowers final 12 months? “I purchase her Valentine’s Day flowers yearly.”

Did you consider shopping for the Amazon Prime roses deal? “No. These are literally tulips, however they’re just about the identical flower, proper?”

Chivel purchased flowers for a woman he’s “sort of courting,” however hasn’t requested to be his girlfriend – but. {Photograph} by Mimi Montgomery.

Jordan Chivel, shopping for flowers for a “woman I’m sort of courting.”

Are you going to ask her to be your official girlfriend? “Not right this moment.”

Do you know in regards to the Amazon Prime deal? “I didn’t. I stay a block away and wanted stuff for dinner and knew they’d have flowers.”

How are you celebrating? “Making dinner tonight.”

What are you cooking? “It’s sort of sophisticated… quite a lot of issues.”

Mohammed, shopping for flowers and a bottle of wine for his spouse of 10 years. {Photograph} by Mimi Montgomery.

Nabil Mohammed, shopping for flowers for his spouse of 10 years (and a bottle of purple wine).

Do you purchase her flowers yearly? “I suppose, if we’re not touring.”
How did you decide these flowers out? “I simply know her style, and I search for the colours she likes and [flowers] which are seasonal. So I needed to decide three sorts, and [the florists] helped me make them look good.”

Dan, shopping for flowers for his spouse. {Photograph} by Mimi Montgomery.

Dan (no final title given), shopping for flowers for his spouse of one-and-a-half years.

Do you purchase her flowers yearly? “Not essentially. That is our first Valentine’s Day that we’ve been married and dwelling within the US.”

How did you decide these flowers? “I don’t know. I used to be in search of one thing like lilacs, so blue or white, and that is what that they had. I didn’t know in regards to the Amazon Prime deal—there weren’t any roses left.”

Will McCarry purchased flowers for his girlfriend. {Photograph} by Mimi Montgomery.

Will McCarry, shopping for flowers for his girlfriend of just about three years.

Do you purchase her flowers yearly? “She all the time says she doesn’t need flowers, however after I don’t get them she’s like ‘What? You didn’t get me flowers?’”

How did you decide these flowers? “I preferred that they had been native, or presumably so. They’re white tulips [from Virginia].”

Krehbiel purchased flowers for his fiancée of two weeks, whom he’ll marry within the spring. {Photograph} by Mimi Montgomery.

Steve Krehbiel, shopping for flowers for his fiancée of two weeks, whom he’ll marry within the spring.

Do you purchase her flowers yearly? “I attempt to purchase her flowers [regularly].”

How did you decide these flowers? “I simply noticed them they usually seemed good. I feel they’re daisies.” (Krehbiel was additionally very proud that he picked these out with out assist from the floral crew, as “they seemed busy.”)

Durham purchased flowers for his girlfriend. {Photograph} by Mimi Montgomery.

Andrew Durham, shopping for flowers for his girlfriend of over six months.

How did you decide these flowers? “It was final minute. I preferred the colours, they’re totally different than the final flowers I acquired her, they usually seemed pretty wholesome.”

What had been the final flowers you bought? “I acquired her roses and lilies for our six-month anniversary.”

How are you going to have a good time tonight? “I’m going to cook dinner. I’m making steaks.”

Butler purchased flowers for her mom, which she does yearly. {Photograph} by Mimi Montgomery.

Victoria Butler, shopping for flowers for her mom.

Do you all the time purchase your mother Valentine’s flowers? “I purchase her flowers yearly. My mother actually loves flowers, and she or he’s all the time planting flowers and out within the yard.”

How did you decide these flowers? “I got here in with the intention of shopping for roses, however then I noticed another person with these daisies and needed to get them.”

How are you going to have a good time tonight? “I’m going to go over to my mother’s and provides her treats—flowers, balloons, and sweet.”

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian

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Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. Her work has appeared in Outdoors Journal, Washington Metropolis Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Initially from North Carolina, she now lives in Petworth.

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