Florist leaves ‘lonely bouquets’ in random places to make strangers smile

A florist has been leaving free flower arrangements in public places in a bid to brighten people’s days. Amanda Meese, the 44-year-old owner of Amanda’s Flowers in Oldbury, West Midlands, has gifted strangers with almost 20 bouquets since she started carrying out the small acts of kindness in June.

Meese leaves the arrangements in a range of public places, such as at bus stops, car parks and outside nurseries, posting photographs of the flowers as “clues” of where to find them on her Facebook page.

Meese told she was initially inspired by National Lonely Bouquet Day. Taking place in June, the annual event sees florists dedicate a whole day to making strangers happy by leaving their arrangements in public places for people to find.

But following the overwhelmingly positive response she received after leaving the first six bouquets, she decided to continue. “I enjoy doing it and making people smile,” Meese said, adding that she wanted to be able to brighten people’s moods during the pandemic.

“We’ve all had a bad year with lockdowns, lockdown Christmas and not being able to see friends and family. “It’s been an awful year all around, and everyone just needed a bit of cheering up.”

Meese’s flower scheme has since gone viral on Facebook, with the latest post being viewed more than 40,000 times. “Lonely Bouquets awaiting a new home. I’ve played the flower fairy and randomly left six bouquets to be found. Hope they make someone smile this weekend,” she wrote in the caption.

The post has since received comments from a few of the lucky locals who found the flowers. “I’m one of the lucky finders. Thank you so much. Have had a rubbish week and they really have brightened my day,” one recipient said.

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