Some local florists say they are getting creative when it comes to having enough supplies to prepare for Valentine’s Day. They said shipping issues have made some things impossible to get. These florists said the flowers themselves used to be hard to get at the beginning of the pandemic, but now they say it’s the vases and supplies that have disappeared from shelves.
Mrs. DeHaven’s flower shop at the corner of 15th and Boston has been serving Tulsa for more than 100 years. Owner Terri Vaught says Valentine’s Day is their biggest holiday of the year and it’s coming up in a little more than two weeks.
She said they easily do more than 150 deliveries out of their one location that day, and most of them are large arrangements, but this year, Vaught says the supplies have been hard to come by. Vases, the foam they stick the flowers in, tools and other needs aren’t in stock.
“My supplier keeps telling me 'the shipments coming the shipments coming' and they are waiting as well so we are all kind of in this together”
She says they have had to get creative when it comes to making sure they have what they need not only for everyday use, but also as they prepare for the Valentine’s Day rush.
“So we get creative and started doing more hand-tied bouquets and that sort of thing and really thinking outside the box,” Vaught said. “It really paid off because we had some beautiful designs and the customers were very pleased.”
She says if you’re planning on having flowers delivered for your loved one on Valentine’s Day, don’t wait until the last minute since the florists need extra time to prepare and get enough supplies this year.