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Photos: Spreading the power of the petal

Florists nationwide randomly surprised people on the street with flowers in more than 400 cities in all 50 states, plus D.C. Lucky recipients will receive two bouquets — one to keep, and one to share with a friend, family member, co-worker, or even a complete stranger.

Vicki Trimble, owner of The Hardy Geranium, (right) hands two bouquets of flowers to a random stranger in downtown Austin as part of the Society of American Florists’ National Petal It Forward Day.

Mackenzie Trimble, an employee of The Hardy Geranium, walks in downtown Austin while searching for random passerbyers to give them free bouquets of flowers.