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Green Country florists busy with Valentine's Day

Posted at 6:51 PM, Feb 12, 2016

"Ted and Debbie's, this is Abby, how may I help you?" Abby Henry said in the middle of a packed flower shop Friday.

"Very busy," Henry said. "We were here until midnight last night and definitely will be here until midnight again."

Roses, once again, are popular picks for Valentine's Day gifts, but so are other arrangements.

"The mixed bouquets that have lots of color. Right now everyone is so ready for spring and it has been cold and wintry and everything is dead around us," Olivia Lee said. "So the spring bouquets have been popular and they smell wonderful."

Ted and Debbie's Flower and Garden stayed busy all day Friday, with dozens of delivers needing to be made. At the gas station, delivery driver Jan Whitaker filled up the delivery van's tank. A year ago, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gas in Tulsa sat at $2.01.

Now it is down 77 cents on average, which adds up for flower shops, with hundreds of deliveries being made throughout the week.

"It is good for the shop," Whitaker said. "Of course it is. There are so many miles driven on everything."

Back inside the flower shop, they know low gas prices though are hurting many Tulsans with ties to the oil industry, so the low prices aren't exactly being celebrated.

"It is hurting our customers, our neighbors, fellow Tulsans and Oklahomans even," Lee said. "Gas prices being super low, it's hard on a lot of people with their jobs. Lot of jobs being lost."

Around the shop, there are usually two florists on hand. The Friday before Valentine's day though is anything but usual, so eight florists are being kept very busy as they make sure every gift is perfect.

"Some of the recipes only call for four peonies, but we will put in six just to make it special for somebody," Henry said.

Many flower shops around Green Country are closed on Sundays, so florists recommend picking up flowers before the end of Saturday if you still need to grab a gift for Valentine's Day. 

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