If there was a 12 step program for flower addiction would have already been through it…twice… and scheduled to go again this fall. I have loved flowers since I could walk, which was about when I started picking them. I had no scruples about it either; I picked flowers from back alleys or sweet little old ladies well-tended gardens. My addiction was so frequent that when I came in from playing and had brought my mom flowers her first question was “where did you get those?”, and I often had to return the picked flowers and apologize to those same sweet little old ladies. Flowers and I didn’t stop there, as fate would have it I actually dated a florist for a few years, which took me from flower addicted to well-educated flower snob. Emma Goldman gets it:
Being a full tilt diva flower snob makes it difficult to order flowers online or send flowers to others. I’m not a fan of all those cookie cutter online arrangements that come with a silly balloon in a teddy bear shaped vase. Not only is the flower quality usually lower, but I think it is the beautiful flowers themselves that should send the message of love and joy to our loved ones… not the teddy bear vase. Secondly, you can pay quite a pretty penny for like 6 sad roses and a bunch of greenery, not the message I am looking to send.
It is a bit of an understatement to say that the bar was pretty high when I heard of this new online flower company The Bouqs Co. I had heard that their flowers were grown on an active volcano in South America, and come directly to them, cutting out the big flower industry middle man. All their flowers are from eco-friendly, sustainable farms .Now you are talking my language. I popped over to their website www.thebouqs.com to give it a go. Let’s just say their website rocks, their approach is warm and inviting not “add a box of 6 cheap chocolates for $.99!”. Once over to the flowers themselves I was pleasantly surprised-not a teddy bear vase in sight! All the flowers are pictured in wrapped in parchment paper all Miss America style, showcasing the flowers themselves, as it should be. All the bouquets had fun names like “Awesomeness” and “Marshmallow”, and all for great prices. The best part for me was the lack of dumb green flower filler-none of them were 6 blooms and a small bush, these bouquets were all flower, just the way I like them! I decided to go with the Rise N’ Shine Bouq, not just because I liked the contrast but also because I was really wanting to test them out with both rose quality and their beautify calla lilies. The flower snob in me couldn’t resist. I even upgraded my order so I could get more flowers.
They came packaged up with a lovely note and flower care instructions- not just the put in water kind, the real ones about trimming the stems, removing leaves and showing your blooms love. I love the ‘choose your own adventure’ approach to the arrangement of your flowers. The roses still had their outer petals on them, not over plucked to trick you into thinking you have fresh buds when in fact your flowers are already half dead.
Here is my Bouq as shown on the website, and then the flowers I received after I arranged them:
How great is it to order flowers and receive them exactly as shown! I mean you can’t even do that at restaurants.
So if you are looking for quality flowers at a great price without all the filler, flower industry nonsense, and silly animal shaped vases and gimmicks The Bouqs Co is for you. Honest, beautiful, no nonsense flowers.