Holidays Vivian | 25 Apr 2011 05:52 pm

Mother’s Day Flowers – 9 Tips For Ordering and Caring For Your Bouquet

Of course, our mothers should be honored every day of the year. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be here. However, on that one special day of the year, Mother’s Day, why not do something extra special.

With today’s lifestyle, shopping can be more dreaded than enjoyed. It takes time to get ready to go out, fight with traffic, search for a gift, and then wait in long lines (and you know they’ll be long – it’s the second most popular gift giving day after Christmas). By the time you are done you’ve spent an entire day on that perfect gift.

Here are some tips to getting mom a Mother’s Day flower bouquet that doesn’t take a lot of time or break the bank:

1. First decide what kind of bouquet you want to give. Start with your mom’s favorite flowers, or her birth month flower.

2. Get the kids involved in ordering that perfect bouquet. It will mean so much more to mom, and the kids will really get a thrill (not to mention a sense of accomplishment) out of picking them out them themselves.

3. It is easy to narrow you search when shopping online to make it easy to find exactly what you are looking for (not so easy when shopping at your local brick-and-mortar store).

4. Go online and check out the online retailers. Many of them have live help desks, so if you’re looking for something specific, the online florist is there to answer your questions.

5. It is usually best to check with the online florist if you have specific needs. If mom is in nursing home, for example, you may want a bouquet that is not quite so fragrant, or you may want to check which flowers work best together (there are some where the fragrances may work against each other rather than with each other).

6. Most online retailers have same day delivery so you simply have to decide your bouquet and the rest is done for you.

7. Now that you have the flowers you’ll want to keep them fresh for as long as possible. Try putting an aspirin in the water and let it dissolve. And, above all, keep them in a cool place. Nothing like a warm environment to wilt a bouquet quickly.

8. You’ll want to make sure you trim the stems and have fresh water. You can also add some bleach to the water (just a small drop) to keep any bacteria from growing.

9. If you are getting roses (and you can’t go wrong with roses), remember that although the closed buds are more elegant, when they open up fully that is when they are most fragrant.

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