FARGO — As each bouquet of flowers got wrapped up and put into a delivery van, drivers like Carl Dregseth, who's worked at Shotwell Floral & Greenhouse since high school, were liking the steady Valentine's Day flow.

"I like to work," Dregseth said. "I get tired out from the holidays, but I like to keep busy."

J.D. Shotwell, the owner of Shotwell Floral, said while the traffic has been hit or miss for people coming into the shop, it's the deliveries and pickups that are keeping his business going, with over 550 orders for pickup and delivery filled over Valentine's weekend this year.

"It's a really busy couple days is what it is, and that's a typical Valentine's," Shotwell said. "It's either one, two or three days that we're just really, really busy; then after that, it's basically normal traffic."

Although the deliveries are mostly straightforward, Dregseth said they can sometimes be a goose chase.

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Shotwell Floral & Greenhouse delivered over 550 bouquets like these through Valentine's Day weekend. Tanner Robinson / WDAY
Shotwell Floral & Greenhouse delivered over 550 bouquets like these through Valentine's Day weekend. Tanner Robinson / WDAY

"I've gone to one place, and they're not home, so I go to the next one, then I get a call, 'She's home now,' so I missed them by like 15 minutes," he said with a laugh.

Whether people ordered just a bouquet, or a bouquet with a heart-shaped balloon, Shotwell said he's always excited to help with hundreds of heart-filled orders every year.

"Everybody wants to show their love, (and) what better way than with flowers?" he said.

As delivery drivers helped send the love, they also kept some in their hearts throughout Valentine's Day.

"If I'm making (the customers) happy, well, it makes me happy too," Dregseth said.