Sunny Days for Flower Sales

Any time seems to be a fine time to buy a fragrant bouquet

Valentine's Day has always sent lovebirds flocking to the florist. Right after Cupid's departure, though, flower sales used to shrivel up. No longer. Flowers, once an ornament reserved for special occasions, have become a year- round staple on many shopping lists. Now, no better reason for buying a bouquet is needed than that the sun is shining, or that the sun is not shining. Sandy Taylor, owner of Plaza Florist & Gifts in Urbandale, Iowa, has noticed the trend. Says she: "Lots of people buy flowers on the way home from work. When we sign the card we ask, 'For what...

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