Inside a Harvard Square florist, where romance takes shape

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Inside a Harvard Square florist, where romance takes shape

Randy Ricker, owner, Brattle Square Florist in Cambridge, checked on completed orders. CAMBRIDGE — Surrounded by thousands of roses and dozens of other bouquets, Randy Ricker doesn’t want to hear your love story. The owner of Brattle Square Florist spent Tuesday preparing for Valentine’s Day, a florist’s version of New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl, and a royal wedding tied together with a frilly ribbon. But Ricker declared his disdain for lengthy love notes and insisted that “flowers should do the heavy lifting” when declaring one’s devotion. Step inside the Harvard Square shop, though, and you’ll find the work of romance in the making. The sweet aromas of hydrangeas, alstroemerias, lilies, and orchids waft up from the basement, where the flowers are cut and arranged. Step over the scrapped leaves and cut stems scattered on the floor and behold tubs of pink, white, and red roses from Ecuador and Colombia. Surrounded by such opulent beauty, Ricker prefers the cheaper option: carnations. “I don’t really care if people turn their noses up at [carnations], or think it’s cheap,” said Ricker, taking a cigarette break from the chaotic morning inventor. “I like what I like.” Five years since he bought the […]