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Wanna know an old-school romance trick that actually works? Whether its for a special occasion or for no reason whatsoever, I’d venture to say there’s no girl alive who wouldn’t be just pleased as punch to be presented with a bouquet of beautiful flowers — in Spring.

But buying flowers can be overwhelming, especially for guys (or girls! We talked to florist James Albertelli of Gramercy Park Flower Shop, who has been helping befuddled guys pick out bouquets for their girlfriends for 32 years. “The best thing to do is to find out what flowers the lady likes,” Albertelli says.

And ultimately, it makes things easier for the purchaser: if you have a type in mind, you can simply tell the florist the flower and the amount you want to spend, and let him or her take care of the rest. That’s like, one of those questions everyone playfully asks each other within the first three weeks of dating?

“If a guys walks in and says ‘My girlfriend loves freesias, give me worth,’ that’s easy for us to do.” Albertelli says. Well, if you don’t know, you can either A) ask, or B) try to figure it out yourself by looking at the colors she generally wears, or the general color scheme of her apartment.

(Or, if you’re buying flowers at a stand or market, you can, you know, see for yourself.) For example: Blue delphiniums… Alberetti suggests requesting a garden mix instead, which will be a bouquet of whatever the florist has in season. If you think a big bouquet and chocolates are a little over-the-top, you’re completely right: but that’s why you gotta own it.

If you’re doing this without the aid of a florist, tulips are usually a safe bet, as they’re always in season. You’re so sorry you’re resorting to to let her know–you’ll leave no stone unturned!

Early on, you need to set a precedent, by giving her flowers .

Private chains, like Trader Joe’s or Fresh & Easy, have a small selection of flowers at great prices.

Then, when you make her mad or get in a fight, you can buy her flowers to recall those happy times. Here are some Happy Times to consider giving flowers: on V-Day!

That’s right, let’s say you have a hundred-dollar bill in your pocket, and on V-Day you buy a dozen roses at, say .99 (if you can even find them at any price, since they’re most likely sold out all over town).

Whether you're planning to give—or hoping to receive—flowers this Valentine's Day, brushing up on the meaning behind the blooms will likely inform your choices or heighten your appreciation of your sweet-smelling gift. Read on to find out what ten popular Valentine's Day flowers really symbolize.

Not surprisingly, this classic bud is "the most popular choice for Valentine's Day," says Kate Law, Product Design Manager at Pro

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