Fresh Cut Flowers Delivered for Christmas

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Simply Stylish bouquet

Simply Stylish

Readers of this blog know I am ambivalent about buying cut flowers. On the one hand, you’re paying money for something that won’t last. On the other hand, they are psychologically beneficial and can last pretty long for what you pay for them. So, when I was contacted over a week ago by someone from, asking if I’d like to review their bouquets, I thought, why not? It is getting dreary around here and I could use a pick me up.

According to my contact,

We are a flower grower in Southern California and also ship fresh cut flower bouquets directly to consumers through our website. We are actually the largest grower of ornamental sunflowers in the world and have developed an innovative packaging that allows our bouquets to be shipped without drying out or being compressed. You might say it’s a fresher way to send flowers.

They do offer sunflowers at this time of the year, but I chose the “Simply Stylish” arrangement. The fresh flowers were delivered on Friday, December 10th. They came in a box:

delivery of fresh flowers

This is how the flowers arrived.

Opened Box of flower arrangement

This is how it looks when you open the box

Flowers out of vase

The arrangement is inserted in moistened florist's foam for the trip

Arrangement on table

This is how it looks out of the box.

I tried to follow directions exactly so I could give a fair review. I tried to imagine what it would be like if an elderly person received these flowers. The card that came with the flowers said to remove the green foam and rinse the stems. I wondered if I was supposed to put the stems back into the green foam. The instructions didn’t say, but I asked my contact and he said the green foam could be thrown away. I was relieved to hear that, as it crumbled in my hands.

Then the card said to cut stems about one inch from the bottom. The stems were quite thick; I finally gave up on kitchen scissors and dug my pruners out of my garden bag. I don’t know how an elderly person or anyone without weak hands would manage it. My contact said it wasn’t absolutely necessary to cut the stems, but I know from my own past experience it does help make the flowers last longer.

The final instructions were to add the provided flower food and water to the vase and put the flowers back in. No mention was made of the rubber band, so I asked my contact about that. He said the rubber band, like the green foam, was only to help keep the flowers together in transit. I guess a lot of people wouldn’t worry about any of that, and just do whatever seemed best to them, but I wanted to give these flowers a fair chance. They say that every bouquet is guaranteed for eight days, and I wanted to see if they indeed lasted that long.

About the third or fourth day I could see the edges of the rose petals blackening:

Bouquet viewed from top

You can see how the edges of the rose petals have darkened. I think this was cold damage

I think this was damage from the cold. My husband says he noticed it the first day, but I didn’t notice it until later. I have no idea where the flowers were in the twelve hours before they were delivered, but I do know it got down to 0F around here. Of course, no one can guarantee the weather, but if your winter temperatures tend to be more reasonable, your flowers will likely arrive undamaged.

Here’s what they looked like eight days later:

Sunflowerguy bouquet eight days later

This is what the arrangement looked like eight days later

I am not a real picky person; at this point I would say it wouldn’t be suitable for a fancy dinner party but is good enough for “every day.” Perhaps if I had paid my own hard cash for it I would feel differently, I don’t know.

If you go to you will see there are many different arrangements to choose from. Some have sunflowers in them, and some do not. Many are very much in the holiday spirit. Right now you can get $5 off any bouquet if you use the coupon code winter2010 when you check out. And they have an ongoing contest where you can get flower delivery for an entire year.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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islandgal246 January 8, 2011, 2:25 pm

I send my mother in law tulips every Christmas. They arrive in great shape and they last about a week. She is always thrilled when she gets them.

islandgal246 January 8, 2011, 2:26 pm

Happy New Year to you, may it be healthy and bountiful!

Margaret Roach January 1, 2011, 12:43 pm

Stopping by to say Happy New Year, Kathy. Hope that all of you up there are well.

parul December 31, 2010, 4:16 am

Cut flowers is nice to see .But some people not like the cut flowers .Flowers ,I really keen to see many type of flowers .There are many type of flowers .I also abhor buying flowers.On the other hand rose are just so beautiful and so cool ,sunny would be tacky a term .Nothing would bring light to the shortest day of the year than bouquet of rose .

Ezzirah December 26, 2010, 4:59 pm

I don’t purchase cut flower either, for this very reason. What you buy, don’t seem to last that long. I have to confess, 8 days is not bad. Most the bouquets I have received for various reasons over the years didn’t last 8 days. I still would just rather grow them.

Happy Holidays!

Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence December 25, 2010, 9:16 am

Merry Christmas Kathy! L, H.

The Farmer Pages December 21, 2010, 3:26 pm

Cut roses, especially cut roses in floral foam, don’t perform particularly well when shipped. They really need fresh cuts and need to be IN WATER immediately, so that probably wasn’t a good choice on his part. (People always want roses, though, don’t they.)

The packaging was kind of cool though, wasn’t is?

Kathy Purdy December 21, 2010, 4:08 pm

I imagine they had been in water before being packaged, and the floral foam was very wet. And I cut them again as soon as I got them. I think the cold was more of a problem. It was a clever way to package them. I didn’t mention it in the post, but there was a wooden dowel inserted into the center of the bouquet to keep it from being crushed, as well.

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings December 21, 2010, 1:22 pm

I also reviewed one of his bouquets. The sunflowers performed better and seemed to last forever, but it was also much warmer, and of course, they were the simple sunflower.

Thanks for the very fair review.

commonweeder December 21, 2010, 8:48 am

I have rarely bought cut flowers. A blooming plant is cheaper and will last longer, even if it is tossed when the blooms are gone.

greg draiss December 21, 2010, 6:27 am

I also abhor buying cutflowers. On the other hand sunflowers are just so cool, sunny would be too tacky a term. Nothin would bring light to the shortest day of the year than boquet of sunflowers.