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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ask the Florist

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Dana, of Latin Lady Flower and Gift Salon on Tverskaya Ulitsa:

I've been doing this for nine years, and people have become more sophisticated: Carnations used to be popular, and now nobody wants them anymore. We had an order recently for an orchid basket that cost 20,000 rubles. We also had to wrap a fridge once for a present. I personally like white lilies the most. Here, we only get imported flowers -- Russian flowers don't have the same quality."



Eteri, in an underground kiosk near Okhotny Ryad metro station:

Everyone always buys red roses. For me, the kind of flower doesn't matter, but they have to be yellow. I'm from Abkhazia, and yellow reminds me of the sun. I've been selling flowers for 15 years. My friend recently retired -- she started having skin problems from working with plants all the time. I hope it doesn't happen to me -- I love my job."

Svetlana, in a Novy Arbat kiosk:

For Women's Day, tulips are everywhere -- they are popular spring flowers, like mimosas. Tulips are nice, but I prefer exotic flowers like strelitzia. They come from South America, and we sell them here."

Lena, in a kiosk at Tsvetnoi Bulvar:

We get a lot of roses; girls who are new always have problems after working with roses. Their skin gets swollen, their hands hurt. Then most people get used to it -- rose thorns don't bother me anymore."