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Celebrating mothers, womanhood with flowers


All over the world, women occupy a very important position in the family and in the nation, at large and they ought to be celebrated. But in many homes, it is not so, despite their roles as hands that rocks the cradle and nurtures the generation of future leaders, they are not recognized for their efforts. Some have become so, oppressed by their husbands that they give up, while others survive with the help of God. In reaction, to these anomalies, many have called for a change of attitude, urging all men especially, to appreciate them for their numerous efforts .It is in recognition of this that a special day is set aside to celebrate mothers and the role of womanhood in nation building.

With Mother’s Day here (the American Date is May 14, British was earlier on in March), its time to think flowers, Mother’s Day flowers of course. Mother’s Day has given the opportunity to celebrate just how much mothers do everyday of the year, which is worthy celebration everyday, don’t you think? Flowers are the loving and traditional way to show appreciation to the mothers in our lives.

Any arrangement of flowers that expresses your gratitude and fits the recipient’s personality is a great gift to send this special day. Personalizing mom’s bouquet using unique flowers is perfect way to say ‘ I love you’. Instead of bouquets from a florist, consider thoughtful alternatives to create one of a kind arrangement. Select blooms that send an especially eloquent message to speak in the “language of flowers.’’ with few cues from this guide to flower meanings on Mother’s Day. Each flower has a traditional meaning associated with it. Communicating with flowers was especially popular during the Victoria era, but many people keep the tradition alive today. Each of these different flowers have different meanings that will help you communicate the message you want to share with a special mom in your life and make this year’s arrangement special and unique just like Mum.


Carnations with their fluffy and frilled petals, delicate fragrance and long simple leaves are symbols of Mom’s eternal love. They signify purity, faith, love, beauty, fascination, distinction and charity; all the traits thought to represent motherhood. Also Known as the birthday flower for January, the formal name for carnations Dianthus, comes from the Greek meaning ‘heavenly flower’.

Different color carnations also express different meanings. light red evokes admiration, white symbolize good luck, pink symbolizes Virgin Mary ‘s tears over Jesus death. And it is the reason that many believe carnations are a symbol of a mother’s eternal love.

If all else fails, you can turn to roses. If mom is very traditional, roses might be the best option. Traditionally given as a Valentine ‘s Day flower, more recent years have seen roses become a highly popular choice for Mother’s Day bouquets.

Perhaps because they are considered to be a special celebration flowers, and perhaps because they are so elegant, fragrant and luxurious. While red roses are traditionally associated with romantic love, a lighter red or deep pink color denotes gratitude and appreciation and happiness.

In addition, yellow roses are believed to represent a caring nature and friendship while white is associated with purity and brightness. Considering the meaning, any combination of garden roses would make a perfect gift for your more traditional mom.

The beauty of the rose is that it can symbolize many things and its what makes it so perfect as a gift from a husband to a wife or from a son or daughter to a mother.

Lilies famous for their beautiful appearance and symbolic association with motherhood and Mother’s Day and because they come in a variety of bright colors, including vivid oranges, you can find one perfectly suited to your mother. A white lily connotes purity and majesty. The day lily is Chinese/ Asian symbol for motherhood. Calla lilies stand for beauty. Orange lilies symbolizes passion yellow lily symbolizes gaiety, while lily of the valley symbolizes sweetness and purity of heart. The Easter lily is symbol of Virgin Mary.
Alstroemeria Inca/Aztec lilies are flowers symbolic of wealth, prosperity and fortune. It is also the flower of friendship. If mom is your best friend it’s the perfect gift.

Sunflowers and Daisies
A Bright and cheerful flower, the sunflower will make a colourful addition to a bouquet. It also sends a message of adoration and respect. It is a symbolic of dedicated love.Gerbera daisies have a similarly joyful look in their myriad colors. Daisies are traditionally a symbol of beauty and gerbera daisies also signify cheerfulness and playfulness.Stemming from its welcoming appearance, if mom tends to radiate happiness, this is a sure choice.

Tulips represents comfort, cosiness and above all happiness. A bouquet of tulips can make a gift that will brighten any mums day. The message of Tulips, in general, is love. More specifically, pink tulips signify caring and red tulips connotes true love. Yellow tulips as might be guessed from their appearance, brings a message of cheerful thoughts.

If mom is interested in cultural traditions, azalea flower might be perfect addition to a bouquet. Aside from being a renowned Chinese symbol for womanhood, it is also celebrated usually by cultures all over the world for its beauty and association with love. The unique looking flowers grows in many countries.

If Mom prefers plants over fresh cut bouquet, long lasting camelia plant is a wonderful option, natives to China, Japan and S.E. Asia, they come in a variety rich in vivid colors with delicate light fragrance. Believed to represent longevity and gratitude, making a perfect way to say thanks MOM.


This plant adapts to nearly every environment and produces new flowers all year, giving it a reputation as a hospitality plant. But it has other meanings too. It symbolizes abundance and happiness to the home just like Mum. Anthuriums flowers are primarily ornamental while the plants are attractive and easy to care for, the cut flowers have a vase life of up to 8weeks, the blooms are long lasting and retain their beauty and form in floral bouquets. Anthuriums like many flowers, take on the color meaning of all flowers. Tailor your message following the traditional color meaning of flowers and the overall anthurium flower’s meaning: red for love and passion, white: innocence and purity; pink compassion, femininity, motherly love. It makes a delightful gift potted or as cut flowers to mum the delightful hostess.

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

Birds of paradise symbolize joyfulness. It also symbolizes magnificence. Its distinctive and striking spectacularly shaped like a bird beak and plumage. It can also be used to indicate exciting and wonderful anticipation.Orchids with their exotic and majestic appearance, orchids symbolizes love, refinement and beauty. The orchid is also a Chinese symbol for ‘’many children.’’


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