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The History Behind Mother’s Day

Flowers for Mom

A long time tradition of expressing Love and Appreciation to Mom

This day has long been associated with mothers and family.

In England, it goes back as far as the 1600’s, to an annual observance called Mothering Sunday. It was customary for people to return home to their ‘Mother’ Church the middle of Lent. Hence, Mothering Sunday was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It was a day of family reunion as young domestic servants were able to spend time with their mothers.
Many used to pick flowers along the way to leave in the Church or present to their mothers, thus starting  the tradition of young and older children presenting flowers to their Mothers.

The term ‘Mother’s Day’ actually refers to the American version, now used in most countries, just on varying days. In North America, Mother’s Day is always the 2nd Sunday in May.

President Woodrow Wilson made the official announcement in 1914 proclaiming Mother’s Day a national observance that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

The ‘official’ Mother’s Day flower is still the carnation, but over the last 100 years, floral ‘likes’ and expectations have changed a lot. Nowadays families are spread out, and children have their local florist deliver a lovely flower bouquet to their Moms.

There is an overwhelming choice of flowers and floral designs. The flowers and designs appealing to the sender are usually a good start. One can choose from cut flowers or flowers designed in a vase, cube, basket or organic clay pot just to name a few types of containers. The question we ask the sender: does Mom like to put the flowers into her own vase, where will she place the vase we design for her, how much space does she have and would she prefer a glass container, basket or versatile clay pot? How easy will it be for her to take care of the flowers? That way we can give recommendations that will make sure that the recipient will enjoy their flowers.