“If Mothers were Flowers, You would be the one I pick “-Anonymous.
Mother’s day celebrations and flowers go hand in hand and there is a history to why.
In the 17th Century the fourth sunday of Lent was celebrated as ‘Mothering Sunday’, where people attended a prayer service in honour of the Virgin Mary, followed by giving their own mothers gifts and flowers.
Carnations , also known as ‘Dianthus’ or ‘Pinks’ are widely regarded as a symbol of motherhood and a mother’s pure love as they were said to spring from the ground where the Virgin Mary wept over the death of her son.
‘Dianthus’ means ‘heavenly flower’ and their spicy clove like scent will certainly take you to paradise when wandering through your garden!
Pink carnations are a symbol of motherhood and gratitude and a couple of gorgeous varieties are ‘Esta’ which flowers from spring until late autumn.
Completely hardy , neat and compact. Create beautiful borders or pots with these double raspberry pink flowers with scalloped edges. They have a wonderful scent perfect to bring a smile to your mother’s face!
Or try ‘Sweet Kisses’ which is a prolific bloomer , again great for borders or sunny pots , lightly scented but will give you an abundance of stunning and distinctive two tone flowers.
If you want to symbolise purity and remembrance go for an angelic white bloom such as ‘Cosmos’. Certainly heavenly it produces strongly scented double white flowers . Upright and compact, perfect for any mother’s garden.
Love and admiration is at the essence of dark red carnations and a wonderful choice is ‘Lady In Red’ . This is a crimson hardy perennial with long lasting flowers from May to October. They will come back every year to remind your mum how special she is with a glorious perfume.
Buy your mum a bunch of them or fill her garden with heavenly flowers, either way , carnations are the perfect way to show her how much you care.
“There is no velvet so soft as a mother’s lap,
No rose as lovely as her smile,
No path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps ‘-Archibald Thompson.