www.SavedByTheBud.com Offers Valentine's Bailout to Cash-Strapped Suitors

    DANBY, Vt., Jan. 27 /CNW/ -- The global economic turndown that has
touched so many areas of society now threatens romance.  Valentine's Day
approaches, the day when cupid meets commerce, and even the poorest of
paramours is expected to pony up with a present.  To help bail out these
bankrupt beaus, a Web site dedicated to helping men impress girls with
flowers, www.savedbythebud.com, has created a new section, Buds on a Budget,
filled with affordable floral gift ideas for cash strapped suitors.

    (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090127/NYTUFNS1 )

    www.savedbythebud.com is a free, information-rich site from the
Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center (NFBIC) in Danby, Vt.  It's a
lifeline for clueless guys helping them harness the power of flowers to
communicate with girls.  The site is particularly useful during the ramp-up to
V-Day when statistics from the Society of American of Florists (SAF) show that
men make more than 60 percent of Valentine flower purchases each year, despite
accounting for a mere 22 percent of floral purchases year-round.

    The Buds on a Budget section of savedbythebud.com dispenses with fluff
and focuses on the floral essentials.  "It's the buds, not the bucks that
count," says the site.  Tips include choosing one, fabulous perfect flower
over a bulked up bouquet.  Properly presented, "One or two wisely-chosen stems
can be just as cool a gift as two dozen -- if your presentation is charming."

    Other tips include raiding mom or grandma's house for cool, economical
vases and, using found objects as creative containers for floral gifts. With
straight-talk and humor, the site reassures inexperienced guys who might be
nervous about trying home-made projects. "It might take some arts and crafts
efforts. What's the problem? You're a kindergarten graduate. Right?"

    The site offers extensive information on buying, and caring for cut and
potted flowers, plus how-to videos so even the most horticulturally-challenged
can become more comfortable with flowers.

    www.savedbythebud.com was created by the Netherlands Flower Bulb
Information Center/North America (NFBIC) of Danby, Vermont, www.bulb.com,
representing the Dutch flower bulb sector, including the growers and exporters
of flower bulbs.  The U.S. is the largest importer of Dutch flower bulbs in
the world.  Most of the cut and potted bulb flowers offered for sale in the
U.S. and Canada are domestically grown product produced from Dutch bulbs.


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For further information:

For further information: Sally Ferguson, Netherlands Flower Bulb
Information Center, +1-802-293-BULB (2852), press@bulb.com Web Site:

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