Mother’s Day is one of the biggest floral holidays and it’s less than two weeks away (May 8th). It’s very important to be prepared for a holiday as big as this one. If you haven’t started to prepare, here is a list of things to get you through the holiday and ensure the freshest blooms for your clients.
One way we show appreciation and celebrate motherhood is by giving flowers. If you’re unfamiliar with the language of flowers it may be difficult to choose the right type considering the many varieties and colors that are out there. The following is a small list of popular Mother’s Day flowers and their meanings to help you narrow down your choices.
Symbolizes pride and beauty. A red carnation symbolizes love, pride and admiration; pink carnations symbolizes love of a mother.
Although white lilies are associated with funerals, there are many other types lilies to pick from. Calla lilies signify beauty and Day lilies are the Chinese symbol for motherhood.
Orchids are exotic plants the symbolize refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm. They also symbolize proud and glorious femininity.
Roses of various colors convey a number of different meanings. A bouquet of mature rose blooms sends a message of gratitude; white roses signify virtue, purity, and reverence. A rose symbolizes grace in a medium pink hue, gratitude in a dark pink color, and youthful joy in light pink.
SUNFLOWERS & GERBERA DAISIES
These bright and cheerful flowers send a message of adoration and respect. Similarly gerbera daisies have a joyful look in their myriad colors. Daisies are traditionally a symbol of beauty, and gerbera daisies also signify cheerfulness and playfulness.
The general message of tulips is love. More specifically, pink tulips signify caring and red tulips suggest true love. Yellow tulips, as might be guessed from their appearance, bring a message of cheerful thoughts.
Violets signify faithfulness and devotion. The gift of a violet plant can provide a lasting reminder of your appreciation for a mother’s devotion.
Let’s face it. Where would we be without mom? Well, for one, we wouldn’t be here reading this. But there’s more to it than our mere existence, isn’t there? There sure is. Who would tuck us in at night, and make sure we were up and ready for school in the morning? Who would we go out to lunch with to confide in, and ask how she did it? Who would be around to provide that pragmatic voice
when dad was in an uproar, yelling at the latest credit card bill? And if you think our moms have it rough, and do they ever, let’s look at how Anna Jarvis’s momma, the founder of Mother’s Day, had it.
Ann Maria Jarvis was a social activist living in West Virginia during the American Civil War. Mrs. Jarvis gathered women to initiate what she called, the Mother’s Day Work Club. The organization’s mission was two-fold: One, they helped raise money to buy medicine. And two, they provided stand-in matriarchs to households with mothers who were bedridden with tuberculosis. When West Virginia split, Ann Jarvis made sure her troop of moms remained neutral, and thus, they provided that care and nurture to both sides. Once the war ended, government officials called on Mrs. Jarvis to create an event that would help maintain peace. So in turn, Anna Jarvis created Mother’s Friendship Day—which would occur multiple times throughout the year. The influence of these gatherings was invaluable. Aside from the pie, goodies, and campfires, Mrs. Jarvis and her crew brought veterans—from both sides—to tears in the realization of their fighting.
In 1908, several years after Mrs. Jarvis passed, her daughter, Anna Maria Jarvis, handed out 500 carnations to moms throughout her hometown to commemorate the good work of her momma. And a few years later, in 1914, with the influence of both Mrs. and Miss Jarvis, President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day a United States National Holiday.
So, this Mother’s Day, remember to bring mother dearest her favorite bouquet of flowers to show appreciation for the nurturing she provided that’s helped bring you to where you are today.
Many of MOMS’ Favorites–peonies, hydrangeas, lilac, lisianthus—LOVE sugar. These blooms fare best in Professional #3 all way through sales display into vase!!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Moms deserve only the very best on Mother’s Day!
Success in 3 EASY STEPS
1. Temperature matters!! Get boxes in coolers fast!Temp stress robs stems of vase life. Fluctuating temps result in condensation–condensation triggers Botrytis–Botrytis triggers shrink
2. Start Clean. Sanitize buckets and work table with Chrysal Cleaner. Fill spray bottle with Cleaner Solution & SPRAY cutters, chopper and tables throughout the day.
3. Measure when mixing- otherwise you won’t get 100% positive effect from flower food!
- Prepare buckets before bringing boxes out to process
- Mix Solutions with cold water. Add flowers
- Do not add Ice. Ice dilutes dose and you end up with bacteria soup- FAST!
- Never sell or design with roses before they drink flower food for 2 hours minimum