When you think of receiving a gift of flowers, what service comes to mind? Hand delivered by a loved one, maybe your child on Mother’s Day? Or maybe a beautiful bloom delivered by delivery van, already in a lovely vase, or a presentation box? What you’re probably not expecting is your flowers to come in a large box, but that is how flowers come from the eflorist, one of the most successful online flower delivery services.
I love receiving flowers, I truly believe they are one of the loveliest things to be given, and now that Joe is older we often have fresh flowers on window sills (Joe no longer uses them as roads for his cars!). When I was asked if I would like to review flowers from eflorist I was more than happy to accept the offer, and was interested to see how they measure up to other online delivery services like Interflora or Next Flowers.
The first thing I can say is that the flowers come very quickly. My flowers were ordered one day, and came the next morning. This is pretty impressive if you forgotten a birthday, or want to say thank you to someone very quickly. The flowers are delivered first class by Royal Mail, and come in a very large box. They are kept secure in the box with a pretty ribbon that ties the stems in place. My bouquet was a mixture of purple and white alstroemeria blooms, which would cost £14.95.Now, it has to be said, that after 24 hours stuck in a cardboard box, the flowers are not in the best state. They look a little forlorn and definitely in need of perking up. But this does not mean the flowers are dead. Within the box there is a care leaflet that states quite clearly that all the flowers need is for the stems to be trimmed, plant food (included) to be added to water in a vase, and that the flowers will then re-hydrate and bloom to their full beauty. I have to say I was a little skeptical.
However, I am a skeptic who is prepared to admit I was wrong. The flowers indeed perked up very quickly, and looked truly beautiful within a very short time. The colours are vibrant, and the scent fills the room. What I also love is that the flowers are sourced from one of the 200 local florists that work with eflorist, meaning that ordering flowers this way is also supporting local business.
For £14.95, I think this bouquet was reasonably priced, and 6 days after delivery they are still going strong. I would definitely recommend this as a gift option, it is good value, lasts well and supports local business.
*I was sent a bouquet from Suttons Seeds to review the flowers and the service. I was not paid for this post.