Top 5 of the week: where to buy plants and flowers online

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I have mostly succulents, because I get a lot of light in my apartment and that’s almost all the care they need, but lately I’ve been thinking about branching out to other, maybe more challenging kinds of plants. So it was fortuitous that a friend just gifted me with a cute ponytail palm just like this one that came from a stylish site called Bloomscape. They have a fantastic selection of plants that come in various sizes, and they all arrive in this cute pot, which is available in several good colors.

As far as flowers go, I’m a fan of Urbanstems, which delivers next day coast to coast, or the same day to New York City and D.C.  This pretty arrangement is typical of what they turn out: sophisticated, chic little arrangements (that aren’t cheap, alas) housed in vases so good you (or your recipient) will want to hang on to them.

The Bouqs isn’t quite as pricey as Urban Stems, but you’ve got to dig a bit more to find good arrangements, like this green and white one, which I’d order without all the baby’s breath and other fillers.

I’m also a big fan of my neighborhood plant shop The Sill, on Hester Street. They’ve got a nice selection of planters, and a lot of cute plants too, including this adorable Hoya Heart, which is a rooted cutting from the Hoya kerri succulent. I like that their website allows you to search on plants that are good in low (or high) light , and that they specify which plants are pet-friendly.

At Leon & George, plants are also helpfully categorized—what’s easy to care for, which plants act as air purifiers—and some of their offerings, like this snake plant, are available in cool midcentury pots.

 

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    katherine
    12 Feb 2020
    4:47pm

    Unfortunately, I had a terrible experience with Bouqs. Ordered $100 worth of flowers for my aunt for Christmas which was only 6 stems and a few of them never opened. I did send pictures to the company and they refunded half of the purchase but I definitely wouldn’t use them again. I was so embarrassed and sad.

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      Lorange
      12 Feb 2020
      5:20pm

      That’s terrible! I’ve used them a few times for my mom and she has always gotten incredible arrangements and been really happy with them. I’m glad they gave you a refund.

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    Margaret
    12 Feb 2020
    7:52pm

    My son sent me a $50-ish (which is tiny!) Urban Stems bouquet for Mother’s Day last year and it arrived with half-dead flowers. I contacted them with pictures of it and they sent me a giant $200 bouquet to make up for it. Don’t be afraid to complain!

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      Viajera
      13 Feb 2020
      1:35pm

      I am a huge fan of the polite complaint. They are actually helpful. … para … Also a fan of the not-large bouquets too. It is good that that is an option for people, not even just for cost but for the appreciation factor. A huge bouquet may get banished to the foyer or to a credenza or somewhere, whereas a little one you can put right on your desk and contemplate how good it is to have raised a thoughtful child. Well done, Margaret!

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    sarah
    12 Feb 2020
    11:01am

    I also like UrbanStems, but also suggest check out FlowerBud.com — some great bouquets <$100, as well as fantastic stems — I get and send the lilly's (Stargazers, Casablanca)… They are 1000% better than the deli or grocery store… with 4-5 buds per stem. They come tight and not in water, you refresh by cutting off 2" and putting in water, paper and all. Then change water and put out. These last 2 weeks, from tight bud to big 6" bloom.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    12 Feb 2020
    11:11am

    I’d LOVE to have plants in my house, but alas, I have a cat that eats them and barfs. No more bouquets, either 🙁

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      Kathi
      12 Feb 2020
      1:21pm

      No plants or flowers in my house for some time due to cats. But my dear Fred passed away at the end of the year so now I am thinking of adding some greenery. This post couldn’t be more timely, adding ponytail palm to my list alongside monstera plant and pothos.

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    Frances
    12 Feb 2020
    11:31am

    When I send flowers to friends/family out-of-state I use Slow Flowers (https://slowflowers.com/) to find local growers. I’ve had great luck finding beautiful, local flowers.
    And if anyone else is in Austin, I love Little Posy (https://www.thelittleposey.com/). I have it bookmarked for when I want to send flowers or succulents. Super cute arrangements. I have promised myself that when my aged cat dies I will get myself a subscription, because I love fresh flowers and plants, but he will eat them all and he’s far too old to retrain.

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      c.w.
      12 Feb 2020
      3:15pm

      I just checked out The Little Posey, Frances and it is awesome! Ordered myself a bouquet and bookmarked the web site. Thank you for the info!

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    Jennie
    12 Feb 2020
    11:42am

    “branching out”….I see what you did there you witty, wise, wonderful woman 😉

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    c.w.
    12 Feb 2020
    8:03am

    Putting Urbanstems to use. My daughter recently broke up with her beau so I wanted to send her a little something for Valentine’s Day. My mother always referred to a snake plant as a “dentist office plant” because in the 50’s and 60’s every dentist had at least one in their waiting room. Thank you for bringing up that memory of my mother!

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