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 Post subject: Sending flowers
PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:36 pm 
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My mom's bday is next week and I know she'd be beside herself if I sent her flowers (or more likely a plant). I've never done this before so I'm not sure what the best way is- one of the big ones like 1800 flowers, or is it better to just order directly from a place in her town? If anyone has experience with this please enlighten me!


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 Post subject: Re: Sending flowers
PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:45 pm 
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I'm a florist, so I like this thread.

Well! Definitely NOT a big place like that! There are a couple of things you can do, 1 is yes, you can search around on the internet for one that is in her town that you like. Another is you can find one in your own town (sometimes easier as you may already know of one you like) and ask them if they can help you send to your mom. Most florists do this thing we call a 'wire order' but some places call it other things. This way you order and pay from your florist, and they find a place near your mom and send the money over to them. Bad thing about doing it this way is you will probably spend about 10 dollars extra for this service. Good thing is that you can pick someone you know and trust will make something nice and not tacky.

I'd probably just search google and pick whichever florist has the classiest looking website and where the pictures of the flowers don't make you think 'augh 1980's and/or old lady?'

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 Post subject: Re: Sending flowers
PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:50 pm 
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I always prefer to give my money to a small local business than some mega corporate chain, so I'd say look up a place near her. And she's lucky to have such a thoughtful kid. Happy birthday Dynahmite's mom!

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 Post subject: Re: Sending flowers
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When I worked as an executive assistant I sent a lot of flowers through www.organicbouquet.com. They're local to the Bay Area, so I like to support them, but they deliver all over the country. Their stock really focuses on organics and seasonal stuff. I really like to do a dried lilac wreath because that's something that will last a long time and smell great. They also do tree saplings, so that might be a nice gift, too!

It's a bit more expensive than the other nationwide florists out there, but if it's something you can afford, I've always had great experiences with them.

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 Post subject: Re: Sending flowers
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I usually send my grandmother flowers via FTD. I think for a lot of the bouquets they have local florists put them together, which is nice and makes sure the flowers are fresher. It usually ends up costing me about $50 for a decent arrangement, including delivery fees.


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 Post subject: Re: Sending flowers
PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:41 pm 
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Erika Soyf*cker wrote:
When I worked as an executive assistant I sent a lot of flowers through http://www.organicbouquet.com. They're local to the Bay Area, so I like to support them, but they deliver all over the country. Their stock really focuses on organics and seasonal stuff. I really like to do a dried lilac wreath because that's something that will last a long time and smell great. They also do tree saplings, so that might be a nice gift, too!

It's a bit more expensive than the other nationwide florists out there, but if it's something you can afford, I've always had great experiences with them.


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 Post subject: Re: Sending flowers
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I've had great success sending my mom plants/flower from a florist in the city where she works (had them delivered to her office since my parents live in a rural area). Once, I ordered a cool fern from them - my understanding was that it was moderately sized. It cost about $45 (I think?). Apparently it was enormous, took up most of the standing room in my mom's office and became a mini celebrity throughout the building. Eventually it was stolen (while my mom was in the hospital no less) and her coworkers replaced it with four ferns smushed into a single pot.
I don't know where I'm going with this other than to say: In my family, sending flowers via the local florist yielded fantastic results. So I recommend it.


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 Post subject: Re: Sending flowers
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:07 pm 
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Thanks for the ideas guys! I will call a place in her town tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.


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 Post subject: Re: Sending flowers
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:34 pm 
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I have never really received flowers, but I think it's probably one of the cutest gestures out there. No idea, really... it just melts my heart.

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