The gifting of flowers on Mother’s Day is a tradition that dates back to the seventeenth century. People picked the new spring blooms from the hedgerow their way home to the “mother church” for the fourth Sunday of Lent. Although this day has its origins in Christian tradition, it has grown into a secular day of appreciation for mothers everywhere. As the new spring blooms begin to pop up once more, there’s no better day to gift flowers to your mum.
We spoke to mums around Malmesbury about receiving flowers for mother’s day. They highlighted the symbolic nature of flowers for women as a sign of new life and natural beauty. “Receiving a bouquet”, they said, “feels like special recognition for a job that isn’t often recognised by society.” “It’s such a luxury to have cut flowers, especially when they’re picked out by your children.”
A Guide to Mother’s Day Flowers
- Types of flowers – Do a little digging into the kind of flowers your mum likes before mother’s day. But if you’re not sure, go for seasonal, spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips, crocuses, hyacinths and freesias. You can go the florist with an idea of the types of flowers you’d like to include but also don’t be afraid to go and have a look and go with the flowers that you’re drawn to in person. The mums we spoke to loved it when they knew their kids had picked out the blooms personally.
- Colour – When picking your flowers, it can be good to have an idea of one or two colours to work around. But if you know the general style you want (bright, natural or pastel, for example) you can let the florist know and they will help you. One daughter said “I like to get mum flowers in colours I know will be nice to paint as mum does a lot of still life artwork.”
- Ask the Florist – don’t be afraid to talk with the florist. Especially if you aren’t delivering your flowers yourself, ring up and talk through your ideas. Pick one or two blooms you love, give the florist an idea of what you’d like and your price range, then let them fill in the gaps for you.
- If in doubt, be inspired by nature. Most of the mums we spoke to preferred a more natural approach. “I always prefer a natural bouquet with lots of green – nothing too ‘done'”
- Consider a plant. If you’re not sure on a bouquet, a plant could be a nice choice. Check out Persephone Violet’s amazing selection of succulents.
Persephone Violet are happy to help you with any floral requests for Mother’s Day. Pop into our shop on Malmesbury High Street, open every Monday – Saturday 9:00-17:00 and this Sunday (31st March) 9:00-13:00.
And contact us by phone for personalised orders: 01666 823914
Dougie waits for his Mum