Flower Power

Stopped at the Flower District on my way home today.  I wanted to buy flowers for the seder so my apartment would look inviting and smell great.

I always thought that you got good deals in the Flower District.  Maybe I’m missing something.

The flowers weren’t that nice.  Most places only had planted flowers, and I wanted cut flowers.  When I finally found a shop with cut flowers I selected a whole bunch of them and I asked, “How much?”.  I love a good negotiation.  One of my best skills as a real estate person is negotiating.  I am good at it.

“$92 so far,” the guy behind the counter replied.

“92 what?” I asked.  No way it could be $92.  Didn’t seem like 92 cents either though.

“92 dollars,” he replied.

“No way,” I said.  “I can’t afford that.”

It ended up that a bunch (12 to be exact) of really beautiful little green hydrangeas that I had picked up to use as “accents” were $4 each. 

“Those are $56,” he said.  Twelve times four equals forty-eight in my book, but whatever.

“That’s crazy,” I said, putting them back. 

“How much is this?” I held up a big beautiful green hydrangea.

“Five dollars.”

Sold.  Guess those little darker green hydrangeas are really rare or something.

When I got home I started upwrapping the bunches of flowers.  The first bunch of little orange roses started falling apart.  The petals dropped all over the counter and the floor, the leaves weren’t attached.  I guess that’s why they were in the plastic wrappers.

Anyway, the flowers look nice, but not as nice as I expected.  Maybe I missed something, but the Flower District didn’t seem inexpensive and the flowers weren’t particularly plentiful, nice or healthy.

Any tips? If not, I’m going back to the Korean Deli.

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About mallorylayne

midlife mom seeking meaning for the rest of her life.
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