It’s not too late to order flowers! And these sites make it quick and painless

best websites for ordering flowers
Volodymyr Rozhko/123rf
Vibrant and sweet even in death, is there any symbol of romance more timeless than a flower? Even old King Solomon once compared a lover to a cluster of henna blossoms. Roses, orchids, and other such fauna have long been subjects of fascination for poets, but in Victorian England, they began to take on a more practical usage. Victorian aristocrats, known for their rigid decorum, would use floral arrangements as coded messages, conveying emotions that would be unseemly to speak aloud. Oh, how the times — and holiday traditions —have changed.

Today, the language of flowers has fallen out of common knowledge, but flowers continue to be a popular romantic gesture. For those who don’t know of any local florists, there are a number of sites that can deliver a bouquet in a timely manner. Some rely on modern aesthetics and volcanic soil from South America, while others prefer to entice buyers with the promise of chocolate-drizzled sweets and modest pricing. Either way, as Valentine’s Day approaches, they just might come in handy.

The Bouqs Co.

thebouqs

The Bouqs may sound like the name of a rock band from the early aughts, but that’s just part of the plucky startup’s charm. The big draw is that their flowers are “farm fresh,” grown in volcanic soil in countries such as Ecuador and cut before blooming to maintain freshness. Touting their sustainable farming methods and love for their customers, The Bouqs Co. is an excellent flower delivery service for the Internet Age.

The Bouqs Co.

1-800-Flowers

1800 Flowers 3

If the 1-800 number in the name didn’t give it away, 1-800-Flowers is a relatively old-school delivery service, from the days when toll free numbers were in en vogue. As a longstanding institution, they’re a reliable company, offering the traditional flower arrangements one might expect for Valentine’s Day. They even offer some respectable discounts, for those wanting a more frugal gift.

1-800-Flowers

FTD

ftd screen

Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD) is a massive delivery service, operating through local florists around the United States. Orders are placed through them and routed to a florist near you, so they will be fresh when delivered. They offer a wide range of prices, and various sweets or gifts to include with the flowers.

FTD

Teleflora

Teleflora Photo

Combining a Greek and Latin word into a classical mashup — in this case tele-, meaning across, and flora-, meaning flower — is a surefire way to give a business a touch of prestige. Teleflora’s classical pretension ends at the name, however, as its bouquets and vases look distinctly modern, and come in a variety of striking shapes and arrangements. Although pricier than some of its competitors, Teleflora makes up for it with visual panache.

Teleflora

ProFlowers

Proflowers 2

ProFlowers’ biggest draw — other than classy arrangements — is the company’s inclusion of Shari’s Berries in gift packages. The only downside to giving someone roses is that they probably won’t want to eat them, so why not send some chocolate-covered strawberries along as well?

ProFlowers

Smart Home

Busted: Facebook Portal gets 5-star reviews from company employees

It's fair to say that Facebook's Portal smart display received a tepid response at launch, so it was something of a surprise to see lots of glowing reviews of the device on Amazon. Turns out some were written by Facebook workers.
Smart Home

Want a smarter home? Ditch the keys with these great smart locks

A good smart lock should offer a combination of security and convenience. Fortunately, these devices keep your home protected, your family safe, and your belongings secure from possible intruders.
Smart Home

The best sous vide machines cook your food perfectly, every single time

Want to make four-star meals from the comforts of your own kitchen? Here are the best sous vide machines available right now, whether you prefer simple immersion circulators or something more complex.
Smart Home

Idaho mother says her child’s light-up sippy cup exploded

After a mother filled a Nuby insulated light-up cup with milk, the cup allegedly exploded. The incident caused burns to the mother's hand and face and a stinging sensation in her lungs that required a trip to the hospital.
Smart Home

Project Alias is a ‘smart parasite’ that stops smart speakers from listening

Two designers chose to do something about nosy smart speakers. The result is Project Alias, a "smart parasite" that whispers nonsense to Google Home and Alexa until it hears a specific wake word.
Smart Home

DS3 Clean water-free swatches could be the future of cleaning products

DS3 Clean swatches were on display at CES 2019. The small swatches come in several types, including shampoo and toilet cleaner. They're great for travel, but their real impact is in how such supplies will be shipped and stored.
Smart Home

The Instant Pot Lux is a gateway drug into the pleasures of pressure cooking

The 3-quart Instant Pot Lux is one of the most affordable Instant Pots you can buy. Is it still a solid pressure cooker? Here are our thoughts on the Instant Pot Lux, a great IP baseline model.
Smart Home

Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks

Amazon filed a patent this month for a new technology that looks like it would help its digital assistant Alexa fight fake voice attacks that could potentially fool Alexa's biometric security protocols.
Smart Home

Amazon Prime members number more than 100 million in the U.S., survey says

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimated there were 101 million U.S. Amazon Prime members as of December 31, 2018. Last April, CEO Jeff Bezos wrote there were more than 100 global million Prime members.
Smart Home

With focus on interoperability, is Nevo Butler a smarter home hub?

Universal Electronics is the latest company getting into the smart home market, announcing at CES 2019 that it intends to market the Nevo Butler, a new smart home hub with onboard A.I. and voice control technology.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

Google’s radar-sensing tech could make any object smart

Computer scientists have shown how Google’s Soli sensor can be used to make dumb objects smart. Here's why radar-powered computing could finally make the dream of smart homes a reality.
Smart Home

The best air fryers deliver fried food with a fraction of the calories

What is this magical mechanism? It's an air fryer, and when used correctly, it can mimic the effects of frying while using just a little bit of oil. You still get that crispy, golden exterior and the fluffy center.
Emerging Tech

‘Tech vest’ prevents Amazon workers from colliding with robot coworkers

Amazon workers at its fulfillment centers are using "tech vests" to help protect them from collisions with their robot co-workers. The robots already have obstacle avoidance sensors, but the belt offers another layer of safety.