Flowers herald both the arrival of spring and new romance, all without the panic caused by sounding the city's love siren. Master the language of petals with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of flowers and arrangements at J. Miller Flowers and Gifts in Oakland. Delivery is available for an additional fee to the greater Bay Area, which includes Alameda County (East Bay), Contra Costa County, the Peninsula, Marin County, and San Francisco.
For more than 40 years, the family of experienced bouquet designers at J. Miller Flowers and Gifts has trussed blushing blossoms into works of botanical art. The store's hand-arranged, dew-fresh cut-flower arrangements nestle up against blooming and green plants, imported vases, chocolates, and gardening gnomes for hire waiting along the back wall. Pick up the bestselling How Sweet It Is bouquet, ablaze with fiery orange roses and hot-pink carnations ($34.95 standard), or cheer up a lonely table with the Be Happy arrangement, nodding with yellow roses and gregarious daisies in a happy-face mug ($35 standard). Nature-loving bouquets, such as the live-plant Violets and Butterflies basket ($32.95), provide perennial smiles, and the minimalist-chic of the Zen Artistry orchid arrangement ($42.95 standard) packs maximum beauty into one simple setting. For thoughtful reparations that say "Sorry I sold your cat online" better than words ever could, try the red roses in the Always On My Mind bouquet ($57.95 standard).
4416 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, California 94611