Flower power can make your day

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A Scarborough florist has been helping spread the joy of beautiful bouquets as part of a national “Lonely Bouquets” scheme.

Jodie Newton (pictured), owner of Jasmine’s Florist in Albemarle Crescent, explained that Lonely Bouquets started off as just being on one day a year, but decided that in Scarborough she would like to run it all the time.

The idea is that floral bouquets are left in random places for people to find. They can keep the flowers and if they wish, they can send a message to the provider or post a picture of themselves with the bouquet on Facebook.

Jodie said: “We tend to use old stock, which can still look nice for three or four days, but we can’t sell it as we can’t guarantee it for five to seven days.

“We’ve trialled it in the shop and we’ve had people finding them and getting in touch.

“One lady who found a bouquet was on holiday and she took it back to London, saying it was a lovely souvenir of her trip.

“We’ve had some really good feedback, particularly on Facebook, and people have also phoned us to let us know where they found them.”

Jodie is now giving local businesses and individuals the chance to sponsor a bouquet with their name and a message.

A donation can be given for sponsorship and all the money raised with go towards St Catherine’s Hospice and Alzheimer’s research.

The florist is having an open day where people can find out more. It is being held on Saturday October 12 from 10am to 4pm. There will be more information about Lonely Bouquets, plus general information about the range of services provided at Jasmine’s.