WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Mother’s Day is just six days away so it’s time to start thinking about getting those flowers.
At Farricielli’s Flowers in West Haven, they just got a huge shipment of roses. That’s because this coming Sunday, they’ll sell a month’s worth of flowers in one day.
“We’ve been through, normally, 5-10 thousand a week,” said Mark Merino, Farricielli’s co-owner. “That day, that Sunday, will probably be 25,000 to 27,000 easily.”
Yes, they plan to sell 27,000 roses for Mother’s Day. That is not a lot compared to the big online florists, but unlike some of those, you know the flowers at Farricielli’s are fresh. The folks who run the store also own their own rose farm in Colombia. There’s no middleman, which keeps prices low. You might not want to wait until Sunday to buy, them, however.
“These entire grounds will be packed with people,” Merino said, looking around the store and parking lot on Forest Road in West Haven. “We’ve been here for 45 years so people know where to go.”
You don’t have to go with a bouquet of roses, however. Maybe mom would like a live plant.
“It lasts much longer,” explained Mary Maturo of Paradise Nurseries in Hamden. “If someone were to take care of it, it’ll last all the way through frost season, September, October.”
Paradise grows thousands of its own plants. Paradise is so big, they’re not going to run out of anything. However, the experts here warn that if you wait until Sunday at smaller stores, there might not be much selection left. Think about shopping on Thursday and Friday instead. As for what to get, Maturo has some ideas.
“Well, moms always love something like a nice hanging basket, a potted plant of geraniums,” she said. “We have mixed combination containers that have specialty annuals in them.”
If you plan to order over the phone or online, now is the time. You may have to pay more if you wait until the last minute. Also, delivery on Mother’s Day can cost extra, so think about having them delivered on Friday.
Be careful of the “upsell” if you order online. You might find a low price on the flowers, but then they offer a nicer vase, then they ask if you want to add chocolates, a card, or a balloon, and suddenly you’re paying a lot more than you thought.