It’s all hands on deck at this time of year. As all available personnel are drafted in for the Valentine effort as florists stand shoulder to shoulder and go into battle for the busiest period known to flowerkind. It’s an extraordinary occasion where noble and valiant flower arrangers around the world unite in a tireless effort to create romantic gifts and dispatch lovelorn messages to the romantically inclined souls of the world, and all for one day – February 14th.
With so much uncertainty in this world, it is a delight to shine a light on a bit of love and to celebrate the special person in your life. So, whilst some of us might be confirmed bachelor types and definitely not yearning for a romantic connection that much (sob), we thought it might be quite nice to vicariously delight in the relationships others and ask a selection of the team about their secret to sustaining a happy and successful relationship. Starting with an in-house romance between our very own Andrea and Sophie (main picture)
Shop Manager, Andrea Bassoli
I am Italian and we have a saying ‘vivi e lascia vivere‘ which means live and let live. I think it’s important to be yourself and to allow your partnerthe space and freedom to be their own person.
School Tutor, Sophie Powell
I think it’s important to keep a spirit of adventure and to seize life with all its opportunities by making the most of every moment you spend with someone!
Senior Florist Rodney Mark Jonson and partner Doug
I think compromise and support are big things that you need for a great relationship and not to take life too seriously. We spend most of our time laughing at each other and it seems to be working for us!
Events Manager, Emily Mathison and partner Mark
Doing lovely romantic things is the key! He makes me breakfast every Valentine’s Day because he knows it’s a long ass day. Even if it’s a really really early start, he’ll make me breakfast – he made me pancakes one year at 5am!
Social Media Coordinator and florist, Selina Kerley and partner Omar
A sense of humour is very important. He makes me laugh so much, even if I’m mad about something it’s easily forgotten because he’ll find a way to make me smile.
School Sales & Administrator, Freddie Wahid-Shaw and husband Tony
Respect and listening to each other are the most important things. Every relationship has ups and downs but respect and listening are so important and are crucial to everlasting happiness!
Operations Manager Michi Kanatschnig and partner Ali
It’s important to understand that you have to work at relationships and to nurture them to keep it special. Looking out for that special person is always important and show them how you care even if that means nagging about taking vitamins!
Sales Manager, Costa Popadopalus and partner Lauren
I think the secret to a great relationship is to look out for each other and make each other laugh. You won’t go wrong if you keep that in mind!
Kally Ellis Founder and MD and husband Damian
I think you need to understand each other and above all, they need to be a very dear friend. A sense of humour is an absolute must and should be cherished because if you can laugh at life even during the most difficult times you can overcome anything!