Ever since I took ikebana (flower arrangement) class in university, I’ve taken up the habit of having plants/flowers somewhere in my room. They give you this soothing feeling that I can’t explain. For someone who lives alone, having plants makes me feel like there’s a separate living being that I should take care of and pay attention to every day.
Previously, I would buy flowers from the local supermarket and have them only for around 3 days before they wither and die. But I’ve always wondered why the flowers I got from the ikebana class always lasts longer (up to one week). I just came to the conclusion that the supermarket flowers are poorly maintained. (Since they’re all indoors with no direct sunlight and stuff). I was tired of having to dispose of and buy new flowers every several days so at one point I just stopped buying.
Then I stumbled upon an app literally named Flower. They provide flower curation and delivery to your doorstep. I found it fascinating that someone actually provides this service in Japan. I wasn’t gonna try it out since the flower itself cost 500 yen (around $5?) per set excluding the $4 shipping. But they’re giving free flowers for first-timers so I only had to pay for the shipping so I went for it haha.
I was really curious how they’re going to ship flowers while maintaining their condition during shipping. I was quite surprised that they put extra care to each flower into a dedicated vial with water inside. The box is also designed so that it doesn’t block air circulation. They also included a vitamin for the flowers so that they stay healthy after getting transported for so long.
The flowers were precut so it’s relatively shorter compared to the ones you get directly from a flower shop or supermarket. Because of that, I didn’t have a proper vase that could accommodate it. So I decided to just put it inside a glass that I usually use for painting haha.
It’s been three days ever since I received the flowers but they’re still healthy and looking alive. I’m really happy with the product and service this company provides. I would really love to continue using this service but maybe not for the time being (since this is actually really pricey, haha).