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Mary Murray's Flowers busy making last-minute Valentine's Day deliveries

On many calls today, they encouraged customers to have flowers delivered today to avoid the inevitable delays that come with such a heavy demand. Many took them up on it. (KTUL)

Mary Murray's Flowers shop has been around for a long time, and even though Mary Murray's daughter sold the business a few years ago, she's still managing this big workload.

"You'd think Mother's Day might rival Valentine's, but in reality, we're busier because it's a more narrow window. Everyone wants delivery Valentine's Day or the week of," said Gaylyn Wattman.

It makes for a heavy workload, but that doesn't mean these arrangements are being thrown together for delivery. They still want to take time with each bouquet, and that means they plan in advance.

"Here's the beauty of it. Because we see it coming, we have ways of getting things organized well in advance. Although we are dealing with a highly perishable product and it has to be handmade, hand assembled, hand designed, we're very conscientious about the quality," said Wattman.

On many calls today, they encouraged customers to have flowers delivered today to avoid the inevitable delays that come with such a heavy demand. Many took them up on it.

Wattman says people like sending flowers in spite of their short life span because "You cannot manufacture a flower. Maybe in this day and age, that is what speaks so powerfully to someone that you care about. It's like feelings. Flowers are feelings. Things that you can't say in words, the flowers can convey those messages a little more powerfully."

If you waited until the last second, Mary Murray's reopens tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m.

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