Where I live, flowers have just become a major commodity. The recent flooding in the center of the island, where most of the gardens are located, has hit the local flower industry hard. Unfortunate, with Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day just around the corner, and local flower prices skyrocketing.
The good news is that local shopping isn't the only game in town. With the ability to visit online florists like BeyondBlossoms.com, the local flower prices skyrocketing doesn't have to mean consumers' pockets are hit too hard. On top of that, the ability to order online saved some local flower merchants from failing to fulfill orders when the flooding first happened.
Beyond Blossoms is a good example of how the internet has increased options, both for consumers and retailers, when nature decides not to cooperate with our plans.