Moms love flowers and floral shops abound to create the perfect arrangement

We live in the flower capital of the United States, so it seems only fitting to consider a floral gift for mom on Mother’s Day. A bounty of great ideas are everywhere, but below is a short list of some of my favorite spots to pick up flowers for any occasion.

Twigs by Teri (155 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas) has both creative floral arrangements and a variety of items to go with your flowers.  This little shop is packed full of gardening accessories like hats, bird houses, decorative inscribed rocks, pots and art objects.  The artistic staff can put together any kind of arrangement you can dream up.Franco’s Flowers (842 Leucadia Blvd., Encinitas) is a fantastic place to pick up a huge bunch of your mom’s favorite flower. From peonies to freesia, they have almost every type of flower in big cool tubs in their warehouse store. They sometimes have pre-arranged flowers, but this Is really the spot for those who know mom likes to use her good crystal and arrange her own.Ohana Creations (538 Grand Ave., Carlsbad) specializes in bringing Hawaii to San Diego.  Their floral artists can recreate magical pieces from Hawaiian native flowers, leaves and plants. Their shop also has a great selection of island gifts, including candles, beaded necklaces, sarongs and wraps, bath products, and, of course, macadamia nut candies.Cal Pacific Orchids (1122 Orpheus Ave., Encinitas) is a destination for many who collect and care for orchids. Ranging wildly in prices and styles, orchids do wonderfully in our coastal climate and are a beautiful addition to a home that is contemporary, traditional, casual, or really any style.  This store also “babysits” your orchid when it goes dormant, and advises you on all the care your orchid will need.Leucadia Floral and Plant (1114 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas) can be an exploration in coastal creations. Specializing in house plants and easy care succulents, this fun shop mixes in seashells, Buddha, driftwood and other beachy elements to their gifts and art pieces. Serving all kinds of price points, shapes and sizes, you cannot go wrong with a stop in this shop.Flower Frenzy (1163 S. PCH 101, Encinitas) has an amazing staff of “floral whisperers.” You can call them with an idea, or a color, or even an emotion and when you arrive you will have a floral arrangement you couldn’t have imagined, but completely love. Motivated by the love of design and flowers and inspiration, this shop is always busy with happy customers.

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