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Urban, The Straits Times
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Spring fever
by Hong Xinyi

Vegetable love

Cabbage roses have an old-fashioned English garden look to them, but these Holland imports take on a more sophisticated air when paired with precisely placed onion leaves and ruscus leaves. The lush petals unfurl like the folds of a can-can skirt, making this bloom an unusual but beautiful choice for both your sweetheart and your home.

$308, from Fleurlicious

Apple of my iris

If you happen to have a Valentine who is resistant to cliches, ditch red for the more unusual purple with this arrangement of irises, hyacinthuses and eustomas. Cream-coloured roses, the lace-like blossoms of ammi majus and a funky denim wrapper complete this sophisticated arrangement. Displayed at home, the purple tones will work well with any gold-coloured CNY decorations you have.

From $180, from Simply Flowers

A rose by any other name

When it comes to the flower most associated with romantic love, nothing beats a red, red rose. Why not use its auspicious colour to brighten your home for Chinese New Year as well? Fleurlicious? floral stylist Justin Koh is partial to roses imported from the Netherlands due to their vivid hue and long-lasting bloom. Paired with pale pink matthiolas, this bouquet is both sweet and sensual.

$288, from Fleurlicious

Foxy flowers

Some may think of the bright hues typically associated with Chinese New Year as garishly loud, but these colours can also add a refreshing twist to a Valentine bouquet. The mix of these orange Oriental lilies and red and yellow roses, for instance, is one striking example of prosperous festive hues lending pizzazz to a typical floral arrangement. The gourd-like fox face fruits add an unusual touch.

$120, from Flower Shop At Beauty Emporium

Red, white & bold

A bouquet of roses looks lush when paired with fragrant white mattiolas. Instead of the typical baby?s breath, sprigs of peach cherries are used to add a touch of pretty whimsy. This arrangement comes in a red velvet wrapper which can be used as a CNY-appropriate table runner when you transfer the flowers into a vase.

From $180, from Simply Flowers

Wild at heart

East meets West in this arrangement of pale pussy willow and pastel-hued hydrangeas, roses and gerberas. The height of the pussy willow lends the arrangement a dramatic element, and the wildflower-like blooms look romantic and striking.

$150, from Flower Shop At Beauty Emporium

This article was first published in Urban, The Straits Times.

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