'Chivalry should never die, and I don't think it does'
WITH Valentine's Day approaching fast, seniors could teach young people a thing or two about romance, according to longtime florist Lyn Curcuruto, of Southernden's Florist.
"Chivalry should never die, and I don't think it does," Lyn laughed.
While Southerden's is a family run business, started by Alwyn and Margaret Southerden on their flower farm in 1974, their niece Lyn (formerly Palmer) has been arranging flowers since 1977 - "just a few years".
Lyn started in the business at 16, became a partner in her 20s, took over the business in partnership with her husband Philip when her aunt retired in 1994, and moved to Northpoint Shopping Centre in 2013.
But while much has changed over the years, and flowers are not given as often as they once were, Lyn said they hadn't lost any of their appeal.
Sometimes, she acknowledged, "the more mature person has a greater appreciation for the flowers", perhaps due to greater knowledge of the varieties and the skill involved in both growing and arranging them.
But for her, the key is "people are paying us to convey their emotions through flowers".
"If people place a special order, we really think about those people and how to make this something special for them," Lyn said.
She urged people to talk to their florist, whether in person or by phone, to ensure they get what they really want from a skilled and experienced florist,
Her only other issue is that people shouldn't just show their love on a single day.
"You can give a red rose any time of any day and it will be special," she said.
While there isn't any "right" flower or arrangement to give for Valentine's Day, the traditional single red rose or bunch of roses is always a winner, while the newer neon chrysanthemums have attracted attention.
"It's the gift of giving, and you don't have to spend a lot to give, and to give someone a smile," Lyn said.
Southerden's has small gifts from as little as $3, while some clients will spend "whatever it takes" for the look or effect they want in floral arrangements, spending well into the thousands.
But for a truly priceless message, we couldn't go past one of Lyn's most memorable Valentine's arrangements - a girl who sent her partner a single red rose with a pregnancy test recording a positive result!
Call Southerden's Florist on 4638 3622.