Preparing for Valentine's Day

A woman selects gerberas to be packed ahead of Valentine's Day, the biggest holiday of the year for fresh-cut flower sales, at a flower farm of "The Elite flowers" company in Facatativa, near <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100602011454" title="Bogota (Colombia)" href="/topic/international/colombia/bogota-%28colombia%29-PLGEO100100602011454.topic">Bogota</a>, Colombia. In giant greenhouses outside Bogota, the flowers are clipped and shipped worldwide, accounting for 65 percent of the roses imported in the United States and many of the bouquets delivered in Europe. The hours ahead of Valentine's Day are a boom period for Colombian growers, who expedite their exports.

( Getty Images / February 1, 2012 )

A woman selects gerberas to be packed ahead of Valentine's Day, the biggest holiday of the year for fresh-cut flower sales, at a flower farm of "The Elite flowers" company in Facatativa, near Bogota, Colombia. In giant greenhouses outside Bogota, the flowers are clipped and shipped worldwide, accounting for 65 percent of the roses imported in the United States and many of the bouquets delivered in Europe. The hours ahead of Valentine's Day are a boom period for Colombian growers, who expedite their exports.

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