9 alternative Valentine's Day bouquets (no roses allowed)
Don't pay extortionate prices for imported red roses this Valentine's Day — these bouquets feature gorgeous blooms, including lots of Australian natives, garden flowers you might be able to find in your street and a few South African proteas, which grow well in lots of parts in Oz. Plus, these flowers have beautiful meanings, so you can be sure there's thought behind your bouquet.
1. Proteas, orchids and eucalyptus leaves. Protea flowers last for a long time and orchids are icons of beauty, while eucalyptus leaves symbolise healing and protection. Image courtesy of .
2. Gum blossom, flannel flowers and billy buttons. One of our favourite natives, billy buttons, represent good health while flannel flowers are symbolic of grace under pressure all brought together by pink gum blossom. Image courtesy of .
3. Magnolias. Magnolias have long been seen as a symbol of feminine beauty, so they're the perfect bouquet for the beauty in your life. In Victorian times, bouquets of magnolias were used as discreet ways for lovers to send messages to each other. Image courtesy of .
4. Pink proteas. Native to South Africa, proteas are symbols of courage in the face of change. If your loved one has been going through a tough time, this might be the bunch for them. Image courtesy of .
5. Tulips. Tulips represent enduring love and prosperity — though they're not in season in Australia during February, so you may find yourself paying top dollar for an imported bunch... Image courtesy of .
6. Dahlias. Representing grace, inner strength and commitment, dahlias are also just plain beautiful. Image courtesy of .
7. White proteas. Proteas come in many colours and varieties — we love these blooms mixed with creamy white banksia, Geraldton wax and gums. Image courtesy of .
8. Daisies. Who doesn't love a sweet daisy? These beautiful buds represent true love and new beginnings — perfect if you've just started dating. Flowers by | Image courtesy of .
9. Banksia. These gorgeous Aussie natives are a symbol of starting anew — so if you and your partner have a few hurdles to cross, these could make the perfect gift. Image courtesy of .