Flowers are a mainstay for an appropriate “any occasion” gift. They light up any room. Think about it. What would a wedding be like without flowers? If you are hosting a dinner more than likely someone will bring flowers. Valentine’s Day? There should be at least one long stemmed red rose. Funerals – there will be an arrangement even though donations are de rigueur these days. Do you know anyone who does not appreciate a flower as a
thing of beauty? Me neither! They come in many guises, many sizes, many colors, many scents and usually never fails to bring a smile to a face. You can have one or you can have a whole arrangement with a theme.
“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The downside – so we don’t need a lavish bouquet. There is growing (no pun intended) concern that cut flowers are bad for the environment (like so many other things). “Fair Trade-” and “Organic-” branded bouquets are increasingly available at mega- retailers and florists in the U.S., including Sam’s Club, FTD, natural food stores and Web sites like Flowerbud.com, Organicbouquet,TransFair, and 1-800-flowers.
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