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Flowers for Mom

Local florists give Mother’s Day gifting a fresh upgrade.

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Gifting flowers is a classic way to show appreciation on Mother’s Day, and these local florists came up with clever ways to make the staple feel even more meaningful. Plus, they’re making it easy to access florals during an unusually hectic time.

Pickletown Flowers
Pickletown: Rachel Nichols @thefondlife.

Arrange Your Own

To help Colorado families celebrate, Jessica Sparzak, founder and designer of Pickletown Flower Co., created an arrange-your-own bouquet kit that kids can put together themselves. Order the workshop kit online, which comes complete with a vase, selection of flowers, and flower food. Each bunch will vary, but customers will have the option to choose from pink, purple, or an assorted mix of colors. A link to an instructional how-to video with ideas for arranging will also be available for kids who are looking for some inspiration.

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What makes Pickletown unique is their emphasis on sourcing long-lasting flowers, which is why they include dry products—like pampas grass—in every arrangement. “I like to use plants that we know are going to last, like wax flowers or proteas, which can both live for up to two weeks,” Sparzak explains. Tip: When flowers in your bouquet start to die, simply remove them and rearrange what’s still thriving to give your vase a refresh.

To order: Visit pickle.town. Mother’s Day items will be available for local pickup the Friday and Saturday before the holiday at 11 locations along the Front Range. Shipping is available through FedEx.


Perfect Petal
Photo: Frances Marron Photography.

Pair Favorites

A wine and flower gift set? Talk about a dreamy duo. For the notorious last-minute shoppers, The Perfect Petal is making Mother’s Day gifting a breeze by pairing a bottle of wine from Mondo Vino, a local wine and spirits shop in the Denver Highlands, with one of their stunning bouquets. They’re also offering a box filled with a face mask, candle, bath bomb, and a can of bubbly with a petite dried arrangement as the focal point.

One trend Romina Palacios, manager of the boutique and flower shop, says you’ll see in their arrangements this spring is a mix of peonies, lilacs, and tulips paired with twiggy wildflowers. To really bring their bouquets to life, Palacios says they often mix a variety of colors and textures together, like using dry bunny tails with softer florals such as anemones. The shop will be arranging their Mother’s Day bouquets in ceramic footed vases, but if you’d rather do without the vase, they can wrap blooms in black paper and cellophane before tying them together with twine—a signature touch they’re known for.

To order: Visit theperfectpetal.com. The shop offers delivery Monday through Saturday and will also be open on Mother’s Day for curbside pickups.

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Bloom by Anuschka
Photo: Bloom by Anuschka.

Go Abroad

In order to create their one-of-a-kind, picturesque bouquets, Bloom by Anuschka has high-quality florals flown in from Holland twice a week. “We approach every arrangement like it’s a piece of art, meaning every placement is intentional and thoughtfully considered. We think about color, texture, and shape, and how each flower works together,” says shop owner Anuschka Pashel.

For Mother’s Day, a few arrangements Bloom is offering include their beloved orchid planters and roses in a variety of cheerful colors. Pashel says customers can also expect to see hyacinths in their bouquets, which have been a big hit this spring because they’re wildly bright and fragrant. “We’re anticipating a lot of peony love this season, too. So far, the weather hasn’t been conducive, but we’re hopeful,” Pashel shares. To add the finishing touch, Bloom wraps the base of each of their bouquets with a leaf ribbon, which hides the stems and instantly makes the arrangement look more elegant.

To order: Visit bloomdenver.com. Same-day delivery is offered in the Denver area—going as far as Boulder and Castle Rock. Curbside pickup is also available.


Keep It Simple

If you’re on a tighter budget or would rather pick a few different bunches to put together, grocery stores still have a nice variety to choose from. Nichole McKune, a Golden-based lifestyle blogger and mom of two, has learned a few tricks for elevating the fresh flowers she buys from the market. Her best advice: Adding greenery to a bouquet of neutral colored flowers can make it feel special. “The King Soopers near my house always has an assortment of greenery that’s affordable. You can typically find a few branches of something like eucalyptus for just a few dollars,” she says.

Florals from the grocery store can also last a surprisingly long time, but to get the most of them, McKune suggests trimming the stems before putting the flowers in a vase, and changing the water daily. If you have flowers that benefit from extra moisture, like hydrangeas or orchids, she also recommends lightly misting their petals every day. Simply do a quick search online to see if the flowers you bought could use a spritz.

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When it comes to putting blooms on display, McKune says you can elevate your arrangement by swapping a glass vase for a decorative pitcher or a tall, skinny ceramic vase. It’s also nice to spread pieces of your bouquet throughout the house. Try placing the bulk of your flowers on your kitchen counter to fill up any empty space, then scatter the remaining bunches in smaller vases on your mantle, bathroom counter, or desk.


Photo by Kara Thompson

How to Microwave-Dry Flowers

Preserve your Mother’s Day bouquet by turning your favorite blossoms into pressed, dried flowers with just a few supplies and (surprise!) your microwave. Follow this simple tutorial.

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