Valentine’s morning (tomorrow) will be toward the last for seeing the two inner planets together as they stoop toward the Sun.
The arrows through the planets show their motion over 5 days, relative to the starry background. Click or right-click to see the pictures larger.
Venus tried to kiss Mercury, but Mercury got away. Both are sliding down eastward; Venus was sliding faster, until the moment (Feb. 13 at 3 Universal Time) when the gap between them reached a minimum of 4 degrees. So this was an appulse (closest approach) without a conjunction, because from then on Mercury has increased its apparent speed, and the gap widens. Again a spatial diagram helps to make these relative movements clear:
Venus is still 29 degrees from the Sun, and about 6 degrees above the horizon at the time of our scene. Perhaps you can make a sketch at the telescope
but if your sketch looks like this you’re using the wrong eyepiece; her actual shape, far around the back of Sun, should be small and fat, almost a circle.
Detail from the Venus section of Astronomical Calendar 2016. The images at days 1, 11, and 21 of the months are exaggerated 480 times in size.