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Beautiful Mother’s Day Flowers (and a Discount)

How do you celebrate Mother’s Day? The Bouqs Co. is a gorgeous flower delivery service with farm-fresh bouquets for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or really any occasion. This year, Mother’s Day is on May 9th, and I’m planning to send my mom one of these, below…

First off, The Bouqs Co. partners with eco-friendly farms that minimize waste, recycle water, and use sustainable growing practices. Their motto is “love first, flowers second, kindness always,” which shows through how they run their business. I’ve sent my sister, friends and mom Bouqs flowers many times during both happy and hard times, and they’re always a gorgeous pick-me-up.

Their handcrafted bouquets are designed in-house and cut fresh at the farm. They ship in bud form so they last as long as possible. For all their bouquets, you can choose the number of blooms — original, deluxe or grand — so there is something for different budgets and occasions.

This Cashmere bouquet explodes with pink carnations, white alstroemeria, green mist and solidago.

The Spotlight bouquet has elegant lilies that brighten the whole room.

And the Illuminate bouquet feels perfect for spring with yellow and pink tulips.

This year especially, I love the idea of celebrating our mothers and mother figures with flowers, don’t you? See all the Bouqs bouquets here. Bonus for all readers: Get $15 off sitewide with code CUPOFJO15, good through Saturday, May 8th. (Not combinable, one per customer.) Thank you!

P.S. This year, Bouqs is embracing the idea of “Mom, Unfiltered,” which really resonates. Over the past 13 months, we have let a lot of rules relax — including those around screen time, desserts and bedtimes. This photo, above, shows the boys staying up way too late. We are all just doing our best! If you’d like, share your #MomUnfiltered moments on Instagram. For every hashtagged Instagram post, Bouqs will donate $5 to Every Mother Counts, and each entrant will also be entered to win a year’s worth of flowers.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by The Bouqs Co., a company we use and love. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Caroline says...

    Hi! just want to post a WARNING that my Mother’s Day Flowers DID NOT arrive on time either :( I ordered them way ahead of time (April 19th). NO word or email from Bouqs either. Plus had to deal with chat customer service (no phone customer service) which took a long time since I kept getting kicked out of the chat line…

    • Jen says...

      Same here! I ordered them right after this article came out & me min was supposed to get them on Friday. It’s now Mother’s Day & she still hasn’t received them… such a bummer.

  2. A says...

    I just wanted to leave a note to say that I tried using Bouqs to get my mother flowers – they were supposed to have been delivered today and were not delivered. Bouqs offered me a promotional credit in the amount that I paid for the flowers, which seems a little pointless given that I wouldn’t be able to trust them to actually deliver any flowers, and now my mother doesn’t have said flowers for Mother’s Day. At this point, getting flowers to her in time would also cost more than what I paid. I used them once previously and got great flowers, so I’m disappointed.

  3. Suzannah says...

    Would love for Alpha to share her vase sources, if she’s up to it!

    • Maureen says...

      Yes! The taller vase with the lilies is from H&M Home, the vase with the tulips is Anthropologie, and the tiered vase with the cashmere bouquet is from CB2 :)

  4. Rosie says...

    I didn’t look at these comments before placing an order for my mom, but I just canceled it after seeing such negative reviews. Not really worth saving money.

    • Helen says...

      The photos of the flowers looked so pretty and I was going to send my mom flowers but also decided against it after reading so many negative reviews. Love that I can count on this community for their honest reviews!

  5. A says...

    Would you mind sharing where the vases are from? I love the curvy ones!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’ll ask our photographer Alpha!

  6. Dee says...

    Every time I see Bouqs on here, it makes me a bit angry. I have held off on saying anything derogatory in support of Joanna, as it’s a sponsored post. Now that others have come forward, I’ve decided that it’s time. My daughter used them for me several times for Mother’s Day, and I finally had to be honest with her and tell her not to use them again, so you can imagine how bad, if a mom has to do that.
    Because of the pandemic, I finally learned that you can call florists directly anywhere in the country. I Google the location, and find florists whose images appeal to my taste. I’ve ordered a fair share of bouquets this year, and the florists have all been so grateful to get the business directly. Given all the other things people discuss on this site, this is definitely a no brainer- much better quality at a better price, and supporting local businesses.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’m so sorry to hear this! Every time I’ve used Bouqs, the bouquets have been really beautiful. I know they strive for excellence and will want to hear this feedback. Thank you so much. xo

  7. Lauren says...

    I’ve received flowers from Bouqs on several occasions, and they have always arrived droopy, dry, and nearly dead looking. If this was one instance, maybe I could move past this, but after receiving three arrangements, all of poor quality, I could never recommend them to anyone. I agree with the others– support your local florists!!

  8. Margaret says...

    I realize this is a branded post, but please *please please* do your research if you want to order and send cut flowers. Order from a local floral designer, garden center, farm, florist, or even look for a freelance florist.
    Bouqs/Urban Stems/1800 Flowers are not companies we ought to be patronizing. Even if they do say they are partnering with a local shop, the florists never profit.
    Support small businesses and shop local, always!

  9. Kari says...

    Might I also suggest folks explore supporting your local flower farmer this Mother’s Day! There has been a recent explosion of small, local flower farms and they are likely to have really beautiful, fresh and seasonal floral options that haven’t been imported in a box from far away destinations. Plus, spring flowers are the absolute best. I’d bet you have a nearby flower farmer offering really unique tulips (nothing like you see at the grocery store), ranunculus, anemones, flowering branches, sweet peas… all the best of spring!

  10. Sage says...

    Interesting assortment of comments on the Bouqs! I’ve only used their service once before, but my sister really loved them. We’re all getting some for my grandmother this year. Fingers crossed they come out nice, I guess! Haha.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, I’m surprised, too! I’ve ordered them many times for my mom, sister and friends, and they’ve always been gorgeous. but always glad to hear any/all feedback, of course — and I know Bouqs will be, too.

    • Anna says...

      They have been totally hit or miss for me. Many lovely, fresh, long-lasting bouquets, but also a couple horrifically barren and near-dead. It’s embarrassing to think I’ve sent Bouqs to many people and don’t know for sure how the flowers showed up…

  11. laura says...

    I mean, I’d accept flowers but what I really want is the house to myself this Mothers Day so I can take a bath, sip wine, and yes, watch a murder show.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha yes!

  12. Sarah says...

    It seems I’m not the only one who has had terrible experiences with Bouqs. The flowers don’t come looking remotely like the photos and never last well. It is such a big bummer. Local florists 100% of the time for me!

  13. Elle says...

    Just a reminder to never send lilies to anyone who has cats. Some types of lilies are incredibly toxic. If their pollen drops on the floor and cat licks it off her paw, it can be fatal. One bite into a lily petal (there were only toothmarks!) sent my friend’s cat into organ failure. That cat was lucky to recover, and the bill was five figures (emergency care, weeks in the hospital). Roses are gorgeous and safe, and so are sunflowers! Thank you for reading!

    • Denise says...

      This is true indeed. If I am lucky enough to get lilies or buy lilies for myself, I take them to work to enjoy so the cat avoids the hazard and I still get to enjoy them. Plus everyone at work swoons over my flowers and I feel like Cher in Clueless. LOL.

  14. Emily Hornschemeier says...

    I’ve used Bouqs to send a small bouquet to my mom every month this past year since we can’t be together. The price is super reasonable (under $40) and it makes her so happy. This month I decided to send to myself and I love the flowers!

  15. Jessica Camerata says...

    I love all the vases these are in, especially that first one!

    xo Jessica

  16. Bella says...

    I feel obligated to leave a comment about Bouqs. On three separate occasions I have used their service (thanks to your advertisements), and when the recipients sent me photos of their flowers, I was absolutely horrified. They were the saddest looking flowers I’ve ever seen, and god knows I shelled out quite a lot of money for them. Two bouquets were sent for last mother’s day so I figured perhaps they were just low on good stock…or something. But then I risked it again on my grandmother’s birthday, and wow. Clearance flowers at the grocery store would have made a better impression. Lesson learned. Now I simply call florists who are local to the recipient as they put so much more effort into their work.

    • Q says...

      This happened to me too. Support your local florists!!

    • Sarah says...

      I had the very same experience! I sent my Mom a large bouquet from Bouqs for her retirement and was incredibly embarrassed by what she received. At least half of the flowers were dead and the bouquet looked like it would have been pitiful even if everything arrived fresh. Thankfully they refunded me and I reached out to a local florist to send a replacement which was “show stopping” gorgeous and less expensive (go figure!). I would never use Bouqs again.

    • AE says...

      Same! I like Jtesta in NY. She did my wedding bouquet super last minute and they were gorg. I actually logged into Bouq (out of habit/advertising inception) and logged back out and encouraged myself to rely on a local business instead.

    • Andrea says...

      Urban Stems sent me a photo of the bouquet as it was being delivered. The delivery person opened the box and snapped a photo outside the building. They really are as beautiful as advertised.

    • Christina says...

      Same for me unfortunately. I have received/sent flowers from Bouqs half a dozen times and I find that it’s only somewhat similar to the picture if you order the “grand.” Otherwise it looks so sad. There’s always such good cash back so I get tempted!

  17. Maddy says...

    Oh thank you COJ! Ordering Bouqs for my mom & MIL has become a Mother’s Day tradition. I’ve used them for other occasions now, too; everyone always gives great feedback.

    Also, Rakuten is doing 6% cash back on Bouqs right now- yay!

  18. Jules says...

    I’ve had a terrible with Bouqs unfortunately! Accidents and issues with quality control happen and are understandable, but it was their customer service that really left a terrible taste in my mouth. They were so cold and uncaring and clearly relied on cut-and-paste responses. I agree with Summer– there are so many wonderful local florists who actually care and appreciate your business!

    • SM says...

      I had a similar experience, Jules! Due to a storm, my delivery was delayed five days with zero tracking information and zero warning on their team (no “Sorry for the delay…” email!) If I wasn’t obsessively checking and reaching out to the Bouqs, they would have just let it happen, and even then it was more like a *shrug* “Sorry ’bout it” type of response. It felt like they were just waiting for me to be upset. My $70 bouquet finally arrived to my friend a full week late, completely dried out and worthless.

      For what it’s worth, I was on the receiving end of the same situation three years ago (my husband sent me flowers long-distance, delayed by a storm) from Farmgirl Flowers, and you know what they did? Canceled the order and sent him an email, rescheduled the delivery for a week later, and added a “goodie box” of treats with my flowers as an apology for the delay. My experience this year with the Bouqs was so bad, I sent an email to FGF telling them just how much their action meant to me… three years later :) I hadn’t realized just how great they were until I strayed!

  19. Sasha L says...

    Last year I used the discount and sent my sil a beautiful bouquet. It was her first mother’s day after her 18 yo son passed away. The flowers were lovely, but the company neglected to include the heartfelt message I had requested, so she didn’t know who they were from (she guessed it was me), and when I complained (sigh, I really did), they response was *bummer*. Literally, nothing. I wasn’t expecting anything much, but that was disappointing. I’ve only used them once so probably not terribly indicative of what their customer service is like, but it was enough for me to use another company in the future.

  20. Summer says...

    My yearly reminder that Bouqs do not come arranged, so unless your recipient loves putting their own arrangements together (which some do), with zero guidance, get flowers elsewhere (local search on google or Farmgirl Flowers is my favorite online florist).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      These bouquets do come arranged! Xo

    • smk says...

      I used to order from Bouqs fairly regularly and the bouquets were always arranged, but I stopped ordering Bouqs after too many bouquets arrived looking dead, droopy, or otherwise damaged. I recently received a bouquet from Farmgirl Flowers and they were beautiful.

    • Summer says...

      Whaaat? They have never been arranged on the 3 occasions I’ve ordered them. I’m in Texas, so…maybe they just do it for certain markets? They came like: iris in one bunch, tulips in one bunch, greenery in one bunch and no diagram/picture to show how it looks assembled.

  21. celeste says...

    Those lilies!

    I don’t have Instagram, but my #MomUnfiltered moment is that my son didn’t make the traveling tournament baseball team and is feeling like a failure. I researched a gentle way to break the news online.

  22. Kate says...

    Haha the boys seem happy about it! And that’s so good to hear – I’ve certainly relaxed the rules on my own screen time and dessert limits, so glad to hear the same kindness is being extended to your children who also need some extra cushion to cope with this situation.

  23. Sara says...

    Sending out a plug to bring back motherhood around the world – It would be wonderful to hear how the sisterhood of mothers is navigating this time of madness!

    • Amy says...

      +1000!!!

    • Sarz says...

      *raises hand* Child-free gal here, and I still miss Motherhood Around the World!

    • Ali says...

      yes yes yes!

    • AE says...

      Yes yes yes. I support this request!