Mum's The Word

May 08, 2017 in Category: Guides

The act of giving flowers reaches back through history, across cultures, oceans...even languages. In Victorian times, when outwardly expressing emotion was frowned upon, people used floriography (secret communication through flowers) to convey their deepest feelings, send layered, hidden messages to loved ones, or say things their societal norms wouldn’t otherwise allow.

Fast forward to modern day—flowers are still a powerful means with which to communicate. Love, sympathy, thanks, “You are rad!” "Will you?” “Smiles!”... it can all be said with flowers. But you don’t need to seek out a fancy florist to craft caring messages on your behalf—simply head to your local Trader Joe’s.

What makes our posies preferable? We contract directly with growers, who cut flowers to fill our orders each day, so you get the freshest flowers at the best prices. No hidden meaning here—that communicates value.

Below you’ll find a selection of our spring floral favorites, and DIY inspiration for crafting a beguiling bouquet for mom, grandma, aunt, neighbor—heck, sometimes we should send a kind-hearted communiqué to ourselves!

Small Price, Big Impact

What really makes these vibrant Bouquets “Petite” is their smaller size, especially their shortened stems. With such artfully arranged, pre-cut flowers, you can trim the stem ends (without undoing the arrangement), remove the flowers from their sleeve, and drop them into a small vase. Voilà! No fussing. Each ready-to-display Petite Bouquet is just $3.99—that's no small difference from what you’ll pay elsewhere for such a lovely little bunch!

The Spring-Inspired Classic

Affectionately known as "Lucky Ladybug," thanks to its wrapper adorned with insects of the same name, this particular Bouquet is a longtime customer favorite. Its brilliant colors and textures are a winning combination, matched only by the exceptional quality and long-lasting vase life of the hardy stems. At $9.99 each, this collection of spring-inspired tones will be an instant hit on Mother’s Day.

Understated Elegance

Often described as “living bouquets,” Orchid blooms can last for 8-12 weeks with proper care. They only need weekly watering in the form of an ice cube, and arrive ready-to-gift in their own pot—really! We’re offering an eye-catching array of Orchids in a variety of containers, with prices ranging from $5.99 to $17.99.


In addition to our pre-arranged posies, we offer seasonally rotating, single-variety cut flowers, so you can roll up your sleeves and create your own arrangement. Any watertight vessel will do—stick with a glass vase for classy elegance, or get quirky and use an orange juice container, wine bottle, or even a hollowed out pineapple shell.

Flummoxed by floriography? Following is our simple reference, so you can say it with stems.

Carnations = Friendship
Chrysanthemums = Hope
Gerberas = Innocence
Hydrangeas = Gratitude
Red Roses = True Love
Sunflowers = Pride
Tulips = Passion

Or... Just Say It.

Sometimes you can't just say it with flowers. Printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks, our Greeting Cards pose an incredible value—especially at our WOW everyday price of 99¢ each. They’re printed on heavy weight cardstock, and designed exclusively for us, so you won’t find them in other stores—a rarity in the greeting card industry. To top it off, the blank interior leaves plenty of room to craft your own heartfelt message.

Rosé Bouquet

What's better than a bouquet and a bottle of rosé? Check out the latest edition of Trader Joe's Wine Insider for pairing suggestions worthy of May soirées...


NOTE: Since posting, the details of this item may have changed due to fluctuating market prices, federal regulations, currency rates, drought, pestilence, bandits, rush hour traffic, filibusters, clowns, zombie apocalypse, punctilious product developers... Floral varieties, colors and availability will vary by store and season. Contact our Crew for current price and availability.

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