Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and hundreds of red roses have been shipped in for the romantics.
More than 800 roses have been ordered to cater for the huge demand.
And as the only florist in town, The Sweetest Things has thousands of dollars worth of extra flowers, which will soon be arranged into lovely bouquets.
“Last year we knew it was going to be busy and it turned into ridiculous. This year we are preparing for ridiculous and hoping to have it under control,” The Sweetest Things owner Lana Read said.
“Romance must be alive in Katherine otherwise we wouldn’t be so busy tomorrow selling and delivering flowers,” she said.
The roses have been shipped in from Ecuador, the world's third largest exporter of cut flowers.
And The Sweetest Things has been fielding requests for deliveries to places as far as Daly Waters.
“People in Katherine go hard for Valentine’s Day,” Mrs Read said.
“We get a lot of blokes who get flowers for their partners. I would say 95 per cent of the people who walk through the door looking to buy something special are the blokes.
“Because of where we live and the fact that husbands have to go away, they either want to send their partners flowers or make the day extra special – remind them they love them.”
However, Katherine’s remote location poses difficulties for some who leave Valentine’s Day preparations to the last minute.
“When there was a jeweler here in town we would have so many people come in with the pendant they had just bought and want to couple it with some flowers,” Mrs Read said.
“Now those people have to travel to Darwin or buy their partners a voucher.”
And as there is only one florist in town there are only so many flowers to purchase.
Last year, most of the flowers had been sold out by 9am, Mrs Read said.
So, get in quick.
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