The Dutch tulip crash of 1637 forced crippled flower markets to combine forces with the fruit industry, which was itself in peril after artists figured out that pears could be preserved forever in oil paintings. Celebrate this prosperous pairing with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of floral arrangements and gourmet baskets at Fruits & Flowers in Bridgeport.
A fragrant array of bouquets that burst with purple tulips and sun-yellow daisies tugs at olfactory heartstrings, and a selection of gourmet gift baskets presents a bounty of tastefully arranged treats to distinguished taste buds. Flowers are arranged in bestselling combinations such as the Beautiful in Blue ($62.95), a mix of hydrangea, roses, white lilies and more in a cobalt blue vase. Love on the rocks is best served with a creative and contemporary design such as the Pretty Please arrangement ($44.95), a mélange of blooms in soft rose and lavender shades whose elegant pink bow provides a romantic antidote to a recently penned Dear John letter.
Seasonal baskets pair an assortment of fresh fruitlets and quality cheeses artfully stacked in festive wicker trays. A classic fruit basket ($45) assembles towers of apples and oranges around a tall box of tasty cookies, and a plant-and-fruit basket ($54.95) brims with bananas, pears, and a potted red azalea. The store’s lush greenhouse bursts with tropical plants that bend their stems to the will of an expert design team, whose members arrange all wedding-day roses and firing-day flytraps on-site.