Courtesy of Sophia Moreno-Bunge
Sending flowers on Mother’s Day has long been a way to convey closeness despite physical distance. Now, with many people self-isolating away from their families, this small act feels especially poignant. But as businesses have closed on account of the coronavirus, and as events have been postponed or canceled, the demand for flowers has withered and growers have been forced to destroy millions of blooms. “Flowers are a very low-margin, high-labor, perishable medium, and our supply chains are complex and vulnerable,” explains the Manhattan-based floral designer Emily Thompson , who hopes to reopen soon.
Some florists who aren’t able to deliver bouquets this month have found alternative ways to spread beauty: the Brooklyn-based designer Ariel Dearie is selling photographs of her elegant arrangements of ranunculus flowers, allium stems and philodendron leaves (profits from the sale of her “Carondelet” print will be donated to Covid-19 relief), while Brittany Asch, of the Manhattan studio Brrch , is sculpting “virtual bouquets” by adorning photographs of people’s homes with gifs of unfurling taffy-pink lotus flowers, spinning roses and Technicolor hibiscuses. For those designers who are still able to make deliveries, creating arrangements has become an exercise in using whatever blooms they can find — tulips from local growers, roses from their gardens, even weeds from nearby hillsides. The results are a reminder that more spontaneous arrangements can feel a bit closer to nature, and that even the humblest blooms have the power to move us. Here, 10 florists from around the country who, despite sourcing challenges, are delivering joyful, unexpected arrangements within their areas in time for May 10. (Be sure to order by Tuesday.) Calma, Miami
The florist Elizabeth Jaime, of the Miami studio Calma , specializes in tropical, Art Deco-inspired arrangements made with statuesque flowers that often have an artificial look: shiny anthuriums, birds of paradise and dried fan palms. But recent changes in flower availability have prompted her to experiment with softer, more romantic compositions with a focus on striking palettes. For Mother’s Day, she will choose blooms in shades of bright pink and yellow, a scheme inspired “by the start of spring,” she says, “and also brighter times.” In order to support other small businesses affected by the coronavirus, she has partnered with the local spa Sana on a wellness gift bundle, in which one of her bouquets will be accompanied by rose-hip body oil and a dry brush kit, as well as the pizzeria Stanzione 87 on a set that includes a bottle of rosé and a spice-infused olive oil. Bouquets from $75. Fox Fodder Farm, New York, N.Y.
In March, as businesses in New York began to close, Taylor Patterson, the founder of the Brooklyn-based floral design studio Fox Fodder Farm , which specializes in textural, naturalistic compositions of mostly locally sourced blooms, was sent a photo of one of her arrangements — a thicket of spindly, blossoming cherry branches and crimson nandina leaves — languishing in a trash can outside a restaurant that she […]
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