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Mother’s Day: This bud’s for you

If the idea of choosing flowers for Mom gives you bigger hives than a pollen-induced allergic reaction, fear not: Metro spoke to an expert.

If the idea of choosing flowers for Mom gives you bigger hives than a pollen-induced allergic reaction, fear not: We spoke with Tom Sakas, owner of New York’s Gramercy Park Flower Shop, to learn the basics of bouquet-making for Mother’s Day.

Ordering 101

“This is a great holiday to order flowers, because you can get relatively the same arrangement that you would on Valentine’s Day, at the same price, but with a higher yield since local flowers are in bloom,” Sakas says.

It’s important to make your picks as soon as possible. “All florists for the most part start preparation on Wednesday,” Sakas says. If your flowers are going out of state, place your order no later than today.

Another idea: Have the flowers delivered Friday or Saturday so Mom has the weekend to enjoy them.

Expect to spend anywhere from $25-$200 on an arrangement, depending on your request.

The best blooms

» Peonies: The fluffy flowers are just coming into season.
» Lilacs: A popular choice, but be selective. If you see that the buds are already about halfways open, that means the flowers won’t last much longer. Sakas advises: “You want to buy them when one-third of the buds are open.”
» Viburnum: Paired with hydrangeas, these convey a fun, springtime look.
» Orchid plants: “They will last one to two months in bloom and then bloom each year,” Sakas says.
» Other good choices: Dogwood, cherry blossoms, tulips, hydrangeas or pastel-colored roses.
» Still torn? “Say, ‘I want you to make a beautiful spring arrangement,’ and then leave it to the florist,” Sakas says.

What to avoid

» Waiting until the last minute to order: “Many florists nationwide aren’t even answering their phones on Thursday or Friday because they’re so overwhelmed,” Sakas says.
» Buying flowers outside: The heat compromises their longevity.
» Leaving the water that’s delivered. Change daily.

 
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