With lower than two weeks to the Year of the Dog, florists and nurseries expect sturdy demand for dog-themed creations, although perennial festive favourites such because the pussy willow and pachira (cash tree) stay widespread.
This yr’s novelty merchandise embrace canine-inspired plant pots and vegetation grown within the form of canines. Some florists and nurseries are reporting brisk gross sales for this stuff.
Candy Floriculture in Thomson Road has rolled out vegetation that have been grown to resemble the form of a canine. All 10 of its auspicious dog-shaped carmonas, at $80 a pot, have been bought out.
Its latest pup-themed providing is made-to-order dog-in-a-basket preparations created utilizing chrysanthemums, hydrangeas, roses and Mandarin oranges.
Owner Sharon Goh, 58, says: “A dog is a man’s best friend. I think dog lovers will like it.”
The preparations, priced at $148 (together with supply prices) can be a Valentine’s reward, she provides. This yr, Valentine’s Day is 2 days earlier than Chinese New Year.
Next week, Candy Floriculture, a wholesaler and distributor, will even herald 4 seasons lime vegetation from Vietnam ($680 or $2,800), which have been grown within the form of a crouching canine full with pointy ears and plastic eyes.
Wood Flower Cottage in Siglap Road has bought all 10 of its Prosperity Pineapple Arrangements with Hwang Hwang Dogs. Hwang means yellow in Chinese, which is taken into account an auspicious color in Chinese tradition. Ms Alice Kwah, 39, the flower boutique’s director, says the phrase additionally appears like one other Chinese character “wang”, which suggests prosperity and appears like a canine’s bark.
The $100 creations function the shop’s signature pineapple-shaped flower association coupled with oranges common to appear like canines. Each association takes as much as two hours to place collectively. Taking that into consideration and the busy interval main as much as Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year, the florist has determined to not make any extra of that.
Its different dog-shaped association, known as Doggie Blooms ($36 a pair), remains to be out there.
Pooch-inspired plant pots are additionally anticipated to be successful.
For the previous six years, 107-year-old nursery and landscaping business Nyee Phoe Group in Neo Tiew Crescent has been promoting porcelain pots formed just like the yr’s zodiac animal. This yr’s dog-shaped pots ($33 every) come in six colors and with auspicious vegetation resembling succulents and Zamioculcas.
Director Kenny Eng, 44, says the limited-edition pots have develop into one thing of a collector’s merchandise and normally promote out per week earlier than Chinese New Year.
At Far East Flora, which has 4 retail backyard centres, there’s the “gold series table gardens” of potted vegetation that come with golden canine sculptures. Prices begin at $88.
Sing See Soon Floral & Landscape in Punggol East, which is seeing brisk gross sales for its cherry blossoms, says mutt-themed tassels and auspicious tags with the “wang” character shall be held on vegetation. The ornaments’ colors are dog-inspired – that includes “a lot of burnt orange, matte gold and yellows”, says proprietor Gracelyn Lin, 38.
Some patrons, nevertheless, are extra keen on normal seasonal choices.
Businessman Chin Teck Chuan, 53, who was at Candy Floriculture on Thursday, says: “We buy only the traditional plants. I like plants that have some lucky significance, like da ji da li (great fortune in Chinese).”
Barking within the new yr
What: Dog-shaped porcelain pots with auspicious vegetation, $33 for one, $59 for 2
Where: Nyee Phoe Flower Garden, 240 Neo Tiew Crescent; tel: 6793-6500
What: Four seasons lime grown within the form of a pooch, $680 (70cm tall) or $2,800 (as much as 2m tall)
Where: Candy Floriculture, 567 Thomson Road; tel: 6256-6788
What: Dog-shaped blooms, $36 a pair
Where: Wood Flower Cottage, 55 Siglap Road; tel: 6244-2904
What: Gold sequence desk gardens, from $88
Where: Far East Flora @ Thomson, 555 Thomson Road, tel: 6254-6662; Far East Flora @ Queensway, 590 Queensway, tel: 6472-5365; Goodwood Florist, 565 Thomson Road, tel: 6254-7722; Bedok Garden & Landscape, No.4A Bedok South Road, tel: 6244-2216