Character: Audrey Bloom
Series: Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries
Author Beverly Allen
Audrey Bloom here, with a reminder that you have eleven days until Mother’s Day. Normally I’d be telling you how many wonderful flowers we have in our Ramble, VA, shop, the Rose in Bloom, and how we could arrange them especially for your mother.
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But this year is a little different.
I’m not saying that we have no flowers, but with supply chains in many states drying up and some international shipments halted, well, our cooler is a little bare. Thank goodness Larry’s greenhouse is full! We’ll fill as many orders as we can for delivery or curbside pickup, but after that…here are some suggestions.
If we or your other local florist cannot fill your Mother’s Day order, consider buying a gift certificate. Most florists, like other small business owners, are struggling right now. Your gift will give the florist a boost of needed capital while letting your mom pick out something nice, when things are a little more back to normal.
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For example, apples meant temptation (possibly based on Eve in the Garden of Eden). Corn represented riches. Cranberry was a cure for heartache. Cucumbers represented criticism (maybe you could sneak that one into that certain mother-in-law’s basket). Olives suggested peace, while pineapples signified perfection. Mom may also appreciate the extra groceries, especially if she’s not venturing into the store.
Order Mom take-out from her favorite restaurant. Deliver it to her porch or have it delivered using a service. It’s also a great way to support your local restaurants. Get yourself some too and have a family dinner over Zoom, or some other medium.
Have a special gift delivered. But hurry up! Shipping takes longer than we might be used to.
Of course, you could also give her that club pack of toilet paper you’ve been hoarding…or maybe a book!
Just leave your email address in a safe format in the comments below, along with any other suggestions you might have for Mother's Day. A winner will be chosen at noon on Saturday, May 2nd, to give you time to enter. Please comment only once.
Why this book? Ramble is loosely based on the small town of Berryville, VA. When the publisher asked me for ideas for the cover for this book, I sent them a picture taken from the Facebook page of Sponseller's Flower Shop, with flowers on display and looking through the window onto Main Street of Berryville. I had visited the shop in person and they were very helpful answering my questions. That flower shop is one of many struggling to obtain flowers--while also trying to keep their employees safe. I'm sure your local florist is, too. Consider that gift certificate!