Since Alexis was raised in San Francisco, it seemed appropriate to give her something a little earthier. Inside the tiny floral boutique at Eli’s market on the Upper East Side, I asked the friendly clerk, Martin, to assemble a bouquet that looked like I’d picked it myself. He strung together a small bushel of pomegranate-red anemones, bubblegum spray roses, little white quinces, and faded pink ranunculus, adding two skinny twigs to the bunch for impressive verisimilitude. If we lived in, say, Napa or Provence, I could make her think I picked this wild bunch right from the side of the road. A pretty good score for just $46. 1411 Third Ave., at 80th St.; 212-717-8100.
The Find: Flower Bouquets
Need the perfect blooms to impress your Valentine? Our shopper unearths the most romantic flowers.
Published on Jan 25, 2007 as a web exclusive.