Mother's Day is Sunday. That means for a lot of people, mainly men, a trip to a local florist or flower shop to secure something special for Mom. However, thanks to the pandemic, this year's trip to get roses for mama might require a little more searching or at least a little more money.

Industry analysts point to shutdowns in flower farms all over the world during the past year. This has meant a delay in getting crops in the field and ultimately a delay in harvesting those flowers and getting them to market. Even as production on those once shuttered farms returns to normal levels the amount of product available still remains below the demand.

You don't have to be an economics major to figure out that when demand is greater than supply, the price goes up. That's exactly what you can expect to see when you go to purchase flowers for Mother's Day on Sunday. But Mother's Day isn't the only spring event that is being affected by the worldwide shortage of flowers.

Many brides-to-be and wedding planners will need to take into consideration this shortage of flowers as well. Many florists are telling those with springtime wedding plans that the blooms they request just might not be available. So, that has meant a shift by some wedding planners to focus on locally grown plants and flowers where the supply can be more closely monitored and will likely be more reliable.

Some florists in the area are reportedly limiting the number of flowers or specific varieties of blooms that customers can purchase. This is being done to ensure that there will be enough of the most highly sought-after blooms available. You can also expect to pay about 20% more for those blooms too.

Granted, the price of flowers always tends to rise just a little bit as we head into springtime celebrations such as Mother's Day and weddings but this year that price increase is more than a seasonal markup. The price increase is coming from the wholesale level and that usually means that prices will be rising on the retail level as well.

The bottom line is this. Yes, you can find and get most flowers for Mother's Day. No, you may not be able to get as many as you might normally like to purchase. Yes, you will pay more for whatever your selections happen to be. And finally, yes, your Mom deserves it.

You know one thing that Mom's always appreciate, in addition to flowers, is a little Me Time. So, if you really want to make her smile you'll keep those kiddos busy while she takes a bubble bath and downs a 40 oz malt liquor. Oh, wait that's just my mom? Well, here are some ideas on keeping the kids occupied anyway.

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