Every year thousands, nay millions, of people, rush to the local florist and pick up a bouquet of flowers to bring to their mothers on that special time of year we’re really supposed to show our appreciation for them; Mother’s Day. It is so traditional in North American culture that sales of bouquets sky rocket by a factor of 1049% and gross a grand total of $152 million! But where did this all begin?

 

 

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Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day?

The story of the first Mother’s Day is quite beautiful. Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis often expressed a wish to honour all mothers for the work that they do. When she passed, her daughter, in honor of Anna’s life, sent 500 carnations to the church of West Virginia. The flowers were a symbol of love and sorrow for her mother. People were so moved by her tribute that they rallied around her and pushed for it to be declared a national holiday. In 1914, they got their wish as President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother’s Day.

But besides the history of the day itself, why YOU celebrate it is far more important. We celebrate our mother’s because they are strong, loving, compassionate individuals who go above and beyond what they are called to do in order to make our lives just a little bit easier. In reality, we should be celebrating our mothers every day we are alive. We celebrate Mother’s Day because they deserve it and so much more.

 

 

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What flowers should you get?

Carnations would be the obvious choice but there are several flowers that are popular on Mother’s Day with an array of meanings. Is your mom a sunny cheerful optimist? Is she kind-hearted and compassionate?  Or is she a trendsetter? Go through this list and find the perfect match to your mother!

Carnationswhite carnations represent pure love and good luck, while pink carnations denote admiration

Roses white roses represent humility and innocence, purple roses represent enchantment, orange roses are enthusiasm, yellow roses are joy and friendship. The perfect for a more traditional mother.

12 to 24 Red Roses

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Lilies lilies represent humility and devotion, pink stargazer lilies are wealth and prosperity, while calla lilies are often used for funerals as a symbol that the soul has received restored innocence after death.

 

Autumn Lily Bouquet

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Orchids orchids represent love, luxury, beauty, and strength

 

Purple Majestic Orchid

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Tulips tulips represent comfort, cosiness, and happiness. The perfect flower for an easy-going, laid back mother

20 White Tulips

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Gerber Daisies the gerbera daisy represents purity, innocence, beauty, and above all happiness. Perfect for the mom who radiates happiness

 

 

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Not all moms are created equal and not all flowers are either, which is why it is so important to really pick the perfect bouquet for your mother this Mother’s Day. If these definitions don’t do it for you then just pick out your mom’s favourite colour, her favourite flower, go for a potted plant, or get something outrageous like a three-foot high hibiscus! Whatever you do, don’t end up empty-handed on Mother’s Day.