Have you ever sent someone flowers only to go to their house and find out the flowers look nothing like the ones you ordered and are just a sorry version of the picture you saw online? Flower delivery shops have been doing this forever, but now that social media has taken over they are having a harder time getting away with it! Last Valentine's Day tons of people were calling out 1-800-Flowers on Twitter with side by side pictures of what they ordered and what they received. It was both hilarious and infuriating. (The lion flower arrangement made me laugh). The problem was so bad in my personal experiences that I just stopped ordering flowers. However, I missed sending flowers to my friends and family when I couldn't be there to celebrate with them or comfort them in person. I had given up until Joanna Goddard, from Cup of Jo, posted a photo of a beautiful bouquet of flowers on her Instagram saying that the San Francisco based flower delivery service, Farmgirl Flowers, launched national shipping, just in time for Jamie's birthday.
Farmgirl Flowers' bouquets are exactly what I've always wanted to send; a rustic arrangement of colorful flowers with a designer quality and farm fresh touch, hand-tied in burlap. What makes Farmgirl Flowers unique is that you don't order a specific bouquet, but receive a beautiful arrangement that they pick and design that day. Instead of going through a bunch of different and generic choices, you trust them to create a bouquet with the freshest, locally grown flowers they have. This also minimizes waste, unlike other flower retailers who often throw out 40% of their flowers, they keep their waste at around 1%. In San Francisco, they adorably hand-deliver the flowers via couriers on bikes and scooters, but since they can't scoot all the way to Brooklyn, I settled for an adorable Fed-Ex delivery!
Since you don't pick out the exact arrangement, Farmgirl Flowers show you past arrangements on their site and Instagram to give you an idea of what to expect. I knew from seeing all the beautiful samples that they would do a great job and that they were the perfect flowers to send to Jamie. I could look at their Instagram all day! Here is the bouquet Jamie received for her birthday (the photo was taken a few days after they were delivered).
You can order a bouquet in 3 different sizes- small, medium and large. Check out the difference between what you order and what you receive from other e-commerce flower stores below. The other stores make me cringe, but the Farmgirl Flowers delivered arrangement is even more lovely than the advertised one.
I know I would love to receive these flowers on my birthday or just because. You can even set up a delivery to come weekly or monthly - a dream both Jamie and I share!
(all photos, except for Jamie's bouquet, via Farmgirl Flowers)