Posted May 5, 2016
Made your Mother’s Day plans yet?
You know – reservations for a nice lunch, a sweet card, a phone call… flowers?
Fortunately for the procrastinators among us, the floral industry’s planning for Mother’s Day bouquets didn’t wait until the last minute. The planting, growing, harvesting and transportation of flowers and plants began weeks and weeks ago – to ensure reactions like these:
According to the National Retail Federation, U.S. consumers will spend $2.4 billion on Mother’s Day flowers this year. Of Mother’s Day shoppers, more than 66 percent will give flowers to a mom or stepmom, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother and others:
Facilitating this Mother’s Day activity? Energy.
Energy to cultivate, grow, package and deliver flowers. This includes fuels for agricultural equipment, fertilizers, electricity for greenhouses (increasingly generated by clean-burning natural gas) and still more fuels to bring the flowers to florists, grocers and gift shops where Americans live and honor their moms.
Safe to say, without energy there would be a lot fewer Mother’s Day smiles.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.