Florists on Franklin Street are especially busy this week with Valentine’s Day coming Wednesday. Last-minute orders as well as shoppers flood into the shops to buy flowers for their special someone.
Peak season for florists begins with Valentine’s Day, reaches a climax at Mother’s Day and then remains steady through spring and fall with weddings around Chapel Hill.
Most of the roses bought and sold this week are shipped into Chapel Hill from all over the world, with some coming from as far as Ecuador and other countries in South America. The roses stay fresh by being shipped in cold trucks or by plane from wholesale houses.
Flowers are also sourced locally from central North Carolina, with “bucket trucks” showing up mid-morning nearly every day to sell their product to the shops on Franklin. Bucket trucks contain buckets of the farmers’ pick of the day. The most popular flowers of the season are roses, tulips, orchids and lilies.
Charles House, owner of University Florist since 1980, has over 50 years of experience in the business. He said most customers order online ahead of time.