The 411 On Mother’s Day Flow­ers

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Mother’s Day is an an­nual hol­i­day that hon­ors moth­er­hood and pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for men, women and chil­dren to show their moth­ers how much they ap­pre­ci­ate them. The tra­di­tion of Mother’s Day in the United States dates back more than a cen­tury to 1908, when West Vir­ginia na­tive Anna Jarvis held a memo­rial ser­vice to honor her mother, who had passed away three years ear­lier, and all moth­ers in Grafton, West Vir­ginia. Mother’s Day would ul­ti­mately be­come a na­tional hol­i­day in the United States in 1914, thanks in large part to Jarvis’ cam­paign­ing. As Jarvis, who never mar­ried and never had chil­dren of her own, grew old, she crit­i­cized Mother’s Day as overly com­mer­cial, even try­ing to have it re­moved from the cal­en­dar. Those ef­forts failed, and Mother’s Day re­mains pop­u­lar now, more than 100 years af­ter the idea for it was con­ceived. While Mother’s Day tra­di­tions have changed since Jarvis first pro­posed the hol­i­day, many peo­ple feel it’s cus­tom­ary to give moth­ers gifts on Mother’s Day, when moms take the day off from chores and re­lax with their fam­i­lies. Flow­ers make for pop­u­lar Mother’s Day gifts, and well-wish­ers who want to give the spe­cial women in their lives flow­ers this year can con­sider a host of va­ri­eties. Car­na­tions are pop­u­lar Mother’s Day flow­ers, per­haps be­cause they are avail­able in a num­ber of col­ors. That means it’s highly likely sons, daugh­ters, hus­bands and oth­ers gift­ing moms this Mother’s Day can find some car­na­tions in mom’s fa­vorite color. Ask your florist about what each car­na­tion color sym­bol­izes, as each has its own unique mean­ing. Pink car­na­tions, for ex­am­ple, are believed to sym­bol­ize a mother’s love. Few moth­ers can re­sist roses, mak­ing them one of the more pop­u­lar flow­ers come Mother’s Day. Roses are sym­bolic of love and make the per­fect flo­ral gift for moth­ers who like tra­di­tional flow­ers. If you want to spice things up, or­der a bou­quet made up of roses of var­i­ous col­ors. Yel­low is syn­ony­mous with spring, and daf­fodils can high­light the sea­son in which Mother’s Day takes place while also pro­vid­ing a cheer­ful look that’s per­fect for Mother’s Day flo­ral bou­quets. Daf­fodils can be given on their own or added to mixed bou­quets. Daf­fodils also last quite a while when cared for cor­rectly, giv­ing moms more than just a few days to en­joy their bou­quets.

A bou­quet of flow­ers is al­ways a wel­come gift on Mother’s Day.

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