Blossom and Branch both hosts floral classes and sells stems to the public. (Robin Cain Photography, provided by Blossom and Branch) Don’t wait for a special occasion: Fresh flowers should be decking dinner tables, given as gifts and enjoyed as much as possible, at any time.

But instead of just ordering a bunch online, try a new way to get the blooms, from pick-your-own and do-it-yourself bouquets to mobile flower shops to weekly or monthly subscription and CSA (community shared agriculture) plans.

Many flower growers have faced a loss due to the pandemic and canceled events, so not only does this help them, but it also gives your days at home something extra pretty to look at. With that in mind, get picking and make life a little more colorful.

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Just as some farms let you pick berries, apples and vegetables, some places also have fields of festive blooms to pull into a bouquet all on your own. Many of these places have certain times you can come and require reservations, especially due to COVID-19 safety procedures, so make sure you plan this do-it-yourself adventure ahead of time. Garden Sweet

“This year we are operating a little differently, due to the COVID-19 situation,” says owner Amy Kafka. “Pick-your-own flowers can only be pre-purchased online and it’s for specific reserved picking times.”

But restrictions shouldn’t stop anyone from heading to Fort Collins to stock up on an array of seasonal blooms. Rates start at $17 for a do-it-yourself bouquet and entry. Right now, the area is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Keep in mind that anyone 2 years old and up who wants to visit the garden needs to pay a $5 entry fee. The garden also has bouquets and flower pints available for curbside pickup and local delivery.

Garden Sweet, 719 W. Willox Lane, Fort Collins, ; email Get a bouquet at Infinite Monkey Theorem’s flower garden. (Linnea Covington, Special to The Denver Post) Infinite Monkey Theorem’s Flower Garden

What better way to while away an evening than by picking flowers and sipping on locally made wine? At this RiNo winery, part of the property has been transformed into a beautiful flower garden thanks to Amy Berryman. But she doesn’t just want the blossoms to wilt there, so on Monday and Thursday evenings between 6 and 8 p.m., Aug. 3-Oct. 8, she opens the gates to would-be flower arrangers. Clip your own blooms for $15 or have Berryman make you a bouquet for $20, and if you want to enhance the evening, pre-book a winery tour to go with the activity.

Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer St., 512-271-6807; Berry Patch Farms

Though the main crop of flowers is a bit late this year, customers can expect to cut their own blooms at the Brighton farm come late July, according to Berry Patch […]