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Mothers Day Flowers

What to include in Mother's Day flower arrangements

Flowers are a very popular Mother's Day gift. The holiday is celebrated in dozens of countries around the world, and in almost all of them, it is common practice to send Mother's Day flowers in recognition of the occasion. The specific variations to include in Mother's Day flower arrangements differ from place to place, and to choose the best flowers for Mother's Day, it helps if you have an understanding of the conventional meanings behind certain flower varieties. With this in mind, it's good to have an understanding of why certain flowers are usually included in Mother's Day bouquets.

Traditional Flowers for Mother's Day

Keep these floral factoids in mind if you're going to send a flower arrangement as a Mother's Day gift:

Carnations are symbols of beauty and pride. Specifically, pink carnations are associated with maternal love, and white carnations symbolize purity of love -- which mothers feel for their children. Thus, pink and white carnations are favored in Mother's Day bouquets.

Roses are much like carnations, in that pink and white varieties stand as symbols of gentle affection and caring. As with carnations, red roses symbolize romantic love or passion and aren't typically included in Mother's Day flower arrangements. Spring flowers, including tulips and daffodils, are also popular additions to bouquets of Mother's Day flowers, to round out the arrangement and add splashes of vibrant seasonal color.

Other flowers you may wish to add in Mother's Day flower arrangements include:

  • Chrysanthemums: The chrysanthemum traditionally expresses a wish for the recipient to enjoy long life, which is a wonderful sentiment to express to your mother on her special day.
  • Lilies of the valley: These lilies are like white roses and white carnations, in that they symbolize the purity of love that mothers retain for their kids throughout life.
  • Irises: The purple iris is a symbol of wisdom, something mothers attain with age. They can be nice additions if your mother is in her autumn years.

Of course, it's always good to add a few varieties that your mother likes, if you know of any! Your bouquet doesn't have to conform to any specific guidelines other than your own.

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