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.

CARNATIONS

Symbolizes pride and beauty. A red carnation symbolizes love, pride and admiration; pink carnations symbolizes love of a mother.

LILIES

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

Orchids are exotic plants the symbolize refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm. They also symbolize proud and glorious femininity.

ROSES

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.

TULIPS

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

Violets signify faithfulness and devotion. The gift of a violet plant can provide a lasting reminder of your appreciation for a mother’s devotion.


Having trouble selecting a flower for your Valentine?  Looking for the perfect flower that will send the right message? It’s important to know that every flower might express something just a little different. Understanding what certain flowers express can help you in choosing the perfect flower for your Valentine. Here are some popular flower choices and what they might convey on Valentine’s Day.

Roses

Red Rose– Love and romance. The obvious representation of love. Don’t be shy to shower your lover with red roses for Valentine’s.

White Rose– White roses can either be a sign of purity and innocence or often associated with sympathy and death. Might not be the wisest choice for this holiday.

Yellow Rose– Friendship and cheer. Good choice to give to a best friend this Valentine’s Day.

Pink Rose– True love. Might not express as much burning passion as a red rose. Good for newer relationships. Also associated with giving thanks and admiration.

Lavender Rose– Royalty. Good way to tell your loved one he/she is king/queen of your heart.

Orange Rose– A mix between red and yellow rose representing middle ground between friendship and love.

Black Rose– Represents the start of new things or major changes in ones life. Definitely a unique flower but not recommended for this holiday.

Daisies

Innocence and happiness.

Tulips

Relatively happy flower that can represent awakening. Meanings can change based on the shade; red means love, white forgiveness, pink caring and purple royalty.

Orchids

Delicate beauty and a flattering sentiment.

Carnations

Relatively happy flowers and meanings vary with the shade. Avoid striped carnations, those represent refusal.

Mums

Secret admirer or excitement. Great choice for a crush or a first date.

Daffodils

Represents chivalry. Great gift from a man to his best female friend.

Hydrangea

Perseverance. Great choice for long standing couples. Popular for weddings.

Peony

Riches and goodluck. Great choice for a newly engaged couple.


 

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!