Say it with flowers – ‘Lonely Bouquet’ random acts of kindness in Ottery puts a smile on the faces of strangers

Bouquets of flowers left in public places as gifts in Ottery St Mary have raised a smile with strangers during the coronavirus lockdown.

Ottery St Mary Flower Club spread some cheer during June leaving ‘lonely bouquets’ around the town for people to adopt and take home.

Flower club members said the aim of the random acts of kindness was to make strangers smile, adding they were ‘over the moon’ when the bouquets were taken away.

The club has annually left out lonely bouquets on the second Friday in June for the last two years and members were determined to continue with the give-away during the coronavirus lockdown.

Karen Taverner, Ottery Flower Club spokeswoman, said: “Some flowers – often from our own gardens – are arranged into a bunch, bouquet or arrangement.

“We attach a message saying Please Adopt Me and leave them somewhere for a lucky local to take home, or maybe pass on to someone they know who could do with cheering up.

“There is no guarantee that your lonely bouquet will be found and often people walk past and leave it where it is, not really sure what it’s all about.”

The Lonely Bouquet is a worldwide movement, where flower lovers dedicate one day each year to making strangers happy through blooms.

The Ottery flower club group this year left around half a dozen gifts of blooms in public places.

Karen said members were ‘over the moon’ when photos and comments appeared on social media from those finding the bouquets.

She said: “It was great to see their lovely comments and know we had cheered up their day.”

Karen added: “For the past two years on the second Friday in June, as a club, we have left lonely bouquets in various places around Ottery.

“We decided that, although the club can’t meet at the moment because of the virus, members could still take part in the Lonely Bouquet that we had planned this year.”


‘Adopt me’ – Ottery St Mary Flower Club left around half a dozen floral gifts around town.



Flower club members were ‘over the moon’ when the blooms were taken home.

Ottery St Mary Flower Club’s meetings are currently on hold for 2020 because of the coronavirus crisis.

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