Every mum loves a bunch of flowers, but not every mum is easy to buy for. For Mother’s Day this year, we’ve scoured the internet for the best bouquets you can buy her, from tried-and-tested classics, to perfectly Instagrammable buds. We’ve also looked at the best long-distance options so that, wherever you are, you can spoil her this Mother’s Day.
For the mum who is a traditionalist
Marks and Spencer’s multicoloured spring selection features yellow chrysanthemums, cerise germini, orange roses, and purple statices. M&S offers a five-day freshness guarantee, and their flowers were deemed the best value in the U.K. for 2020 by the Good Housekeeping Institute. All bouquets come with free U.K. delivery.
For the mum who is never in
Bloom and Wild’s letter box service comes with flower-arranging tips — but mum can go rogue and use her own flair for floristry if she likes. This 22-stem bouquet features roses, tulips, snapdragons, and seasonal foliage. Bloom and Wild say they send their letter box flowers via Royal Mail’s Tracked service for free, next-day flower delivery, which will come through the door with your other post as long as you place an order before 10 p.m., Monday to Friday.
For the mum who still has a milk man
Floom is like Deliveroo but for connecting you with local florists in your area. That means every bouquet ordered from them is unique to the florist that made it. As well as same-day delivery across London, they deliver to Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Nottingham (a full list is available on their website). Next-day delivery costs £6.99 and same-day delivery is £9.99, but specific delivery times vary based on location and florist, as does the packaging. Floom also offers scheduled deliveries up to four weeks in advance.
For the mum who is decidedly not green-fingered
Instead of flowers in a vase, give your mum a more unique gift, like flowers she can hang in her kitchen (or even on her front door). This one comes in two sizes, either 16 or 20 inch diameter, and features dried flowers like Helichrysum, Statice, and Pepperberries. The florist, based in Herefordshire, delivers the next day as long as you order before 4 p.m., but does not deliver internationally. They also dispatch Monday to Thursday only, so they can’t deliver on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.
For the mum who Instagrams everything
For the mum who has allergies
For the mum who takes composting seriously
At Petalon, they plant a tree for every 100 bouquets sent out by carbon-neutral bicycle couriers (though they also deliver next day by post for longer distances). Five percent of their profits from bicycle deliveries go toward supporting Bee Collective, a not-for-profit enterprise that supports bee conservation by providing honey harvesting services to London’s beekeepers.
In an effort to cut out unnecessary plastic, all flowers are delivered in hessian, which is recyclable and biodegradable. Petalon also encourages fresh, seasonal orders by offering two different bouquets a week. Each Sunday, a pair of new bunches are launched which can then be ordered for the next seven days. Deliveries are restricted to London, and same-day orders are taken until noon. Couriers are out delivering from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. [Editor’s note; due to the regular change in flowers, this bouquet might not be available].
For the mum who lives far away
Flying Flowers have specialised in delivering flowers by air since 1981 and offer several hardier bouquets that are designed to hold up on long-distance journeys. They offer deliveries to the Highlands, including Aberdeen, Orkney, and the Shetlands (a full list is available here), but advise that deliveries take a little longer than usual due to the distance.
For the mum who lives really far away
Interflora delivers to over 130 countries outside the U.K., making it really easy to send to a mum who is far away. They are part of the largest international flower-delivery network in the world, and focus on working with local suppliers to use local or regional flowers. The breadth of their delivery options varies from country to country.
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