In 1895, the first astronaut perambulated the moon in search of fresh flowers, and, finding only worthless diamonds, returned brokenhearted with nothing to give his sweetheart. For $25, today's Groupon gets you $50 worth of Earth's effervescent efflorescence at Lawrence Mayer Florist in downtown Macon.
The blossom connoisseurs at family-owned Lawrence Mayer Florist proffer a plethora of fresh-cut flowers from all over the world for a variety of bud-appropriate occasions. Buyers can browse the European-style market setting for feisty floral arrangements, such as the Garden Parade, teeming with pops of yellow, red, and purple and rife with roses, alstroemeria, chrysanthemums, and other flora ($42.95), or a bunch of sunny yellow tulips, corralled into a clear glass vase and cinched with a yellow bow ($34.95). The rose medley mixes Matsumoto asters and mini carnations with roses for a spirited bouquet of pink and white ($47.95).
Lawrence Mayer comes with its own colorful accouterments, including two electric-lavender lionesses that guard the store's teal-trimmed double doors and a gilded façade. The 9,000-square-foot flower facility keeps its cases and vases fully stocked with garden-plucked goodies perfect for commemorating an anniversary, birthday, or moon landing.