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Florists furious at James Corden: "flowers a waste of money"

How can it be that James Corden, an Englishman born in the land of devoted gardeners and flower lovers, has dissed the delightful daffodil, the pillowy peony and even the beloved rose by declaring on CBS’ “The Late Late Show” that “flowers are a waste of money.” 

James Corden (Photo 47824820 © Laurence Agron |

Discussing recent news stories on how a massive flower shortage due to so many postponed weddings taking place in the fall, coupled with labor shortages, bad weather impacting production and supermarkets wanting to buy up flower farms, Corden wasn’t sympathetic at all.  Au contraire. 

“Flowers are a waste of money,” he said, also joking about whether it would be worse to not have them at weddings vs. funerals. In her recent blog post, Jill Brooke comments on Corden's statement and supports the hard-working florists and farmers, who know very well how much joy flowers bring.

"People are wanting the flowers – and are willing to pay for them. No one is saying that the demand has diminished. It’s only gotten more popular."

“With the isolation and separation brought on by COVID, people turned to flowers in a big way – to say “wish we were there,” “congratulations,” “thinking of you” and so many other reasons. – not to mention a more intense focus on beautifying our homes, where we’ve spent so much time, with flowers and plants,” says Elizabeth Daly of the Society of American Florists. “Over the course of the pandemic, people have fully embraced flowers and found a new appreciation for what they represent.” 

Furthermore, as Camron King, CEO of Certified American Grown, says, U.S. cut flower and foliage farms are working tirelessly to plant and produce world-class greens and flowers to adorn tables, desks, and events” to meet the growing demand. 

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