This was a gift for my birthday from my daughter and (as she was at great pains to tell me) not cheap. The flowers were cut and the stems wrapped in a large square of wet absorbant paper. athe box was large and left plenty of room for the flowers to arrive undamaged. They arrived late in the afternoon and as soon as they arrived I plced them in water along with the flower food. For two days the flowers failed to open and on the third day they had begun to die. I have sent and recieved many bouquets from Moonpigs main rival and have always been more than satisfied. This present was a lovely thought that was let down by the company. Bad show Moonpig!