Happy Meals: Time To Buy (or Pick) Fresh Flowers

For those of us in chillier parts of the country, and that's at least half of our readership, we have been stuck in the deep depressing cave of winter, sans fresh local produce, or local flowers, for months. For us, since the last late fall zinnias dried up, our table has been lacking life. It's been downright sad at times.

Nothing lifts the winter blues more than that first bundle of daffodils at the corner deli or the farmers' market, like those pictured above that we picked up from a local grower at the Union Square Greenmarket last week.

In fact, daffodils are everywhere right now. They're sprouting in Central Park. They're even coming up in traffic medians. And there's word on the street from Janel over at AT: Chicago that Trader Joe's is selling daffodils right now for $1.49 for a bunch of ten. Beats the six for $3 "deal" at the corner deli. But even that is a good deal, if you think about the joy it brings to the home.

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Faith read Janel's Trader Joe's daffodil deal post and got herself a few bunches. She also threw in these tulips ($4.99/bunch!). What a difference it makes to our tabletops. Meals are just... happier.

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We're not the only ones talking blossoms. Matt, our Saturday morning PlantTherapy writer over at Apartment Therapy, gave us a gorgeous post on 'Leo' tulips a couple weekends ago. Read it and then send him your photos of cut spring flowers.

(Images: Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan and Faith Hopler)