Celebrate Spring!

Put a twist on your basic bouquet

I miss walking by the delis of New York City, taking in the garden of scents emanating from the colorful display of buds that seem to confront the grey sidewalks with a message of hope. The sweet smell of lilies, in particular, always stood out to me.

Delis were always a convenient place to pick up flowers on the way to someone’s celebration. Whether saying happy birthday, congratulations, or simply thank you for having me over, the effort was always much appreciated.

As the first day of spring arrives, I’m thinking about new ways to gift flowers. If you’re really looking for a way to wow someone, there’s a local bakery in my town that fashions arrangements out of expertly iced cupcakes. Baked Bouquet takes online orders and delivers in the Northeast.

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For more unique flower and greenery ideas that put a modern twist on the basic bouquet, check out this week’s picks.

What’s your favorite springtime flower? Feel free to comment below.

This week’s picks

Wealth wishes: This money tree might be a good way to congratulate someone on a new business venture. The easy-to-care-for braided bonsai comes in a ceramic pot and is available in small, medium and large. $39.99 and up

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Garden variety: Foodies will fawn over this organic herb kit.  Cilantro, mint and basil seeds come with soil in recycled-tea-bag growing containers. The eco-minded planters are a great way to start an herb garden. $31.17

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Flower box: If you can’t decide between a bouquet or present, combine them into this adorable gift flower arrangement. The purple and green buds come styled in the shape of a gift box topped off with a green satin bow. $44.96 and up

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