Buying flowers for Mother’s Day locally or online

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Whether you’re picking up flowers from the local supermarket on the way to see Mom or ordering them online, you want something nice without breaking the bank. On the low end, try Aldi’s Mother’s Day specials going on now. A tri-color bowl with petunias, geraniums, marigolds is only $8. A similar one from Home Depot is $15. Aldi also has Gerbera daisies or cyclamen in a pink pot for $5. A caveat: Aldi’s selection/quality varies from store to store and quantities are limited. By the way, Aldi’s prices on 6 roses is only $4 every day, but the quality is often poor. Buy two sets to make a dozen if they look good. No one sells roses cheaper, but buyer beware. Calling the store to check stock won’t work since Aldi stores don’t have published numbers. Locations can be found at the site.

 Watch for deals from Cub and Rainbow’s floral departments too. Costco and Sam’s Club are good choices as well.

If you’re looking for a great local florist to do something stylish that doesn’t look anything like an arrangement found in a grocery store floral department, try Pazzobello in Minneapolis (612-825-8700). The non-traditional arrangements never fail to impress. On the other hand, if your mom loves carnations, you’re better off at the supermarket.  

 If you’re ordering online, try Proflowers.com. It won the Wall St. Journal’s test of online florists. I’ve used it myself and have always been satisfied.