With St Valentine's Day 14 February falling on a Saturday florists are expecting an early rush for flowers.
A weekend St Valentine's Day is rare. Next year, thanks to the leap year, 14 February will not be on a Sunday but fall on a weekday when there is normal postal delivery and workmates can be surprised in the office.
Meanwhile, Southwark Cathedral has exotic blooms in its red theme flower arrangements ready for a special St Valentine's Day service at 4pm on Saturday. Newly weds and anyone preparing for marriage will be especially welcome at the choral evensong.
• A window in the Cathedral depicts Geoffrey Chaucer who in the 14th century became one of the first to record St Valentine's special association with love by writing: "…on seynt Valentynes day, Whan every foul cometh ther to chese his mate."