Personalising mum’s bouquet is the perfect way to say “I love you” this Mother’s Day. But beware! In the past, a rose was not simply a rose — it carried a message to its intended recipient and not every bloom has a positive message. Create a one-of-a-kind arrangement for the leading lady in your life with a few cues from our guide to flower meanings:
If your mom is interested in cultural traditions, the azalea flower might be the perfect addition to her bouquet. Aside from being a renowned Chinese symbol for womanhood, the azalea flower is also celebrated annually by cultures all over the world for its beauty and association with love.
If calm and soothing are traits that describe your mother, then the bluebell flower is a good choice for her arrangement. Bluebell flowers bloom in April and May of each year-just in time for Mother’s Day. Their soft blue colour and pretty shape have come to represent humility and constancy
If your mother prefers plants over fresh-cut bouquets, the long lasting camellia plant is a wonderful option. Camellia plants are native to China, Japan, and South East Asia. They come in a variety of rich and vivid colours and give off a light, delicate fragrance. Camellias are believed to represent longevity and gratitude; making them a perfect way to say thank you to your mom on Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day initially became a national holiday due to the campaigning of a woman named Anna Jarvis. During her tireless efforts, Anna sent 500 white carnations to her local church for the mothers in attendance, and the tradition was born. Carnations have since come to signify purity, faith, love, beauty and charity; all traits thought to represent the virtues of motherhood.
If your mom tends to radiate happiness, gerbera daisies are a sure choice for her bouquet. They are renowned for their robust flowering heads that closely resemble sunflowers. While they have come to symbolize innocence, purity and beauty, the gerbera primarily represents cheerfulness,
Lilies are an Asian emblem for mothers. The lily is famous for its beautiful appearance and symbolic association with motherhood and Mother’s Day. Because they come in a variety of bright colours, including vivid oranges and yellows, you can find a lily that’s perfectly suited to your own mother at just about any florist shop.
If your mother is very traditional, roses might be the best option for her. While red roses are traditionally associated with romantic love, a lighter red or deep pink colour denotes gratitude and appreciation. In addition, yellow roses are believed to represent a caring nature, while white roses are associated with purity and brightness.
In China, orchids are a symbol for many children, and they also signify refinement and beauty. Every mother will love a bouquet of these exotic flowers for Mother’s Day.
If your mom is a light-hearted, easy-going person, the tulip flower definitely belongs in her bouquet. With a fresh, happy looking appearance, no flower says spring quite like tulips. They have come to represent comfort, coziness and above all happiness, making them an ideal gift for Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day flowers don’t end with roses. Another elegant choice is the lilac. Lilacs tend to symbolise new love (making them a popular choice at weddings) but they also signify love between mother and child, which make these beautiful flowers a special choice on Mother’s Day.