The clock is ticking and Valentine's Day is less than a week away. Are you looking for something with a little more staying power than the traditional box of chocolates or bouquet of red roses? Apartment Therapy's very own Susie Nadler has just the solution. Susie recently collaborated with San Francisco's favorite gardening guru, Flora Grubb, to launch The Cutting Garden, a floral design studio. Her designs, available for V-day, are anything but played out.
Susie's philosophy at The Cutting Garden is to look "at the natural world around us and bringing the textures and colors inside." She also hopes to change people's preconceptions about the traditional bouquet by using hearty foliage and succulents.
One of the designs available for Valentine's Day, the Valentine's Bouquet, features pink proteas, succulent rosettes and lush seasonal foliage. This bouquet, if kept out of direct sunlight, can keep for 7 to 10 days while the succulents will last for weeks and can then be planted into your garden.
If this bouquet is still a bit too conventional for your taste, try one of the many Cutting Garden's gifts, ranging from a succulent bouquet to a xerographica (a giant air plant) gift box to a hanging terrarium.
Currently, flower orders can only be delivered to or picked up in San Francisco. However, Flora Grubb's gift shop has some great alternatives that can be shipped nationwide. Whatever you decide, be sure to place your order soon as the deadline for orders to be shipped for Valentine's Day is February 10th.
And do not fret if you already got your Valentine's Day gift (or if you ignore the holiday altogether), The Cutting Garden's services are available year round.