BloomNation
Mudd Fleur's "Pretty in Pink" arrangement.

A friend just helped you score your dream job, and you want to send flowers that say you?re my hero in the most tasteful way possible (i.e., this is not the time for a ?Pitcher of Sunshine?).

Enter BloomNation, an online flower service launched by three University of Chicago business school grads who hated sending flowers to loved ones in different parts of the country only to learn they were less than stunning upon delivery. (Droopy carnations, the horror!)

BloomNation works only with well-known florists in the cities in which it operates. (In Chicago, that means names like Dilly Lily, Mudd Fleur and Bukiety.)

The best part? The service will text or email you a photo of the real-life arrangement before it leaves the florist--so you?ll have proof that the product lives up to its promise. ??

We sent ourselves this pink ombré creation ($139, plus an admittedly steep $18 delivery fee) to test the process. After ordering online at 10 a.m., we got a photo text from Mudd Fleur around noon. The tightly packed tea roses, peonies and succulents looked just like the ones on the website, so we wrote back: ?Looks great!?

That afternoon, the blooms arrived at our door looking gorgeous and ready to cheer us up. Hey, it?s January--we deserve it.

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