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Reminder: it's Mother's Day this Sunday

Photograph: Zoe Schaeffer via Unsplash
Mums. They’re the best. The ‘cool’ one, the best friend, the feeder, the one who enquires after your health via an unrelated thread on your friend's Facebook wall – whichever one you've got and wherever she is in the world, chances are you owe her big. Whether you’re home or away, show your ma a bit of extra love this Mother's Day (Sunday 9 May) with a beautiful bunch of flowers for every budget.

International flower delivery


Photograph: @theflowerbx via Instagram

Shipping to the US, the UK and Europe with same and next-day delivery, Flowerbx’s single-variety and monochromatic bouquets have an elegantly simple and stylish aesthetic – perhaps unsurprising given the online florist was founded by Whitney Bromberg Hawkings who worked at luxury brand Tom Ford for nearly 20 years. They’re also all made using flowers sourced directly from growers. Sort by occasion (with guidance on when to send what type of flower and why), colour or popularity, pick your petals and you’re good to go.


Photograph: @ftdflowers via Instagram

Interflora/FTD's (depending on where you are in the world) international network of artisan florists can deliver a seasonal bouquet almost anywhere in just a few hours. They partner up with local florists in cities all over to offer a huge selection of flowers at all price points.

Flower delivery in China


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Photograph: courtesy Flowerplus

You’ve probably seen a Flowerplus (WeChat ID: flowerplus) bouquet or two on your WeChat Moments without knowing it – a popular choice for regular flower delivery subscriptions, the online florist offers seasonal and super-stylish bunches big and small without hefty price tags. Sourcing flowers from across China, there are bunches from around 35RMB as part of a subscription or 100RMB one-off, but if it’s something a little extra you’re after, there’s lush occasion bouquets (around 300RMB), two-hour delivery, DIY arrangements, plants and more.

Hua Li Wang

If you’ve left delivery to the 11th hour, online florist and gift shop Hua Li Wang (WeChat ID: huacomvip) sources their stems from florists all over the country and can have fresh flowers (or plants) arrive at your giftee’s door within one to three hours. Phew. There are also bunches for every budget – a lot of the larger bouquets hover around the 200-300RMB price point, with arrangements starting from 130RMB.

The Beast

Photograph: courtesy The Beast

When it comes to splashing some serious cash on flowers, The Beast (WeChat ID: BeastShop) is just the ticket. A fancy lifestyle concept store specialising in occasion bouquets, a bunch of flowers from The Beast are a real treat, but they don't come cheap – arrangements tend to start upwards of around 500RMB for a flower box or from 880RMB for a bespoke bouquet reaching almost 6,000RMB for 99 Ecuadorian roses.

Shanghai flower markets

Hongqiao Flower Market

Hongqiao Flower Market feels like an IKEA, only dedicated to all things green. The massive space (20,000 square metres) is filled with friendly vendors selling potted plants, cut and artificial flowers as well as home decor. 

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599 Jinhui Lu

Shuangji Floriculture

Located not far from central Pudong, Shuangji Floriculture occupies a huge space, with potted flowers and plants on the east side and cut flowers on the west. The trees and greenery are an unexpected bargain. There are also shops specialising in flowerpots, offering a variety of designs that go with different types of plants.

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1122 Yanggao Nan Lu

Lanling Flower and Bird Market

Putuo district isn’t exactly the place where you just drop by unless you have a reason, and this flower and bird market might be one. The huge and well-organised market congregates dozens of shops, many of which specialise in a particular type of plant – orchids, miniature bonsai, peonies or succulents just to name a few.

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1539 Lingshi Lu

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