Posted on February 14, 2012 13 Comments
My great grandfather owned a flower shop in Pilsen, a Chicago neighborhood on the city’s near West side, until at least the 1950′s. I didn’t know him and most certainly did not inherit his green thumb, but somehow my mom managed to instill in me an appreciation of flowers and the people who know how to grow them. Mom is very serious about which of her local flower shops have the highest quality product for the best price.
I don’t always follow her preferences; I recently bought her flowers for her birthday from a chain grocery store for too high a price, because the colors caught my eye and the label said they were sustainably grown and I was in a hurry.
Today, I think a lot of folks will purchase their flowers similarly, paying marked-up prices for small bouquets while rushing home.
For those who can spare a few minutes to think through their purchase, the folks at personal finance blog FrugalDad have developed a handy infographic to make sure you buy the right bouquet for all the flower-lovers in your life. As they put it, sometimes “putting more thought than money can really make the gift more special.” I’ve posted the lovely graphic below.
If you read the infographic and you’re still confused about which bouquet to pick, just stay with something simple that you know the receiver likes. A lot of folks go with red roses, the traditional choice, but I’m personally a fan of tightly bunched, bright colored flowers of the same variety like pink tulips, red peonies, or blue hydrangeas. And my mom? I’m sure my dad will be getting her a dozen yellow roses tomorrow, her favorite flower, the same kind she receives for every special day.