Mothers love gifts from their children, especially Mother's Day flowers. A fresh bouquet or flower basket with beautiful poem can send message of love and appreciation. Mother's Day is celebrated on different days in different countries. It is celebrated on 2nd Sunday in May in US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Turkey, Belgium, Germany, and many other countries.
In the U.S., in 1908 Anna Jarvis, from Grafton, West Virginia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the death anniversary of her mother. A memorial service was held there on May 10, 1908. Jarvis and others began a letter-writing campaign to ministers, businessmen, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother's Day. They were successful. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day a national observance that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.
The traditional Mother's Day flower is a carnation, either pink carnations given to mothers to represent love for them, or white carnations worn in respect for those mothers who are no longer living. This custom originated in the US where in 1906 Anna Jarvis promoted the wearing of her mother's favourite flower, a white carnation. Although carnations are the traditional Mother's Day flower, any arrangement of bright, cheerful flowers are good as Mother's Day flowers.
Although carnations are traditional Mother's Day flowers, a bouquet or flower basket of blooming roses and spring flowers like Narcissus, Tulips, Daffodils, etc. are also good choice on Mother's Day. The name of the flower is not as important as the meaning of your flower gift. It is good to understand the meaning of the flowers before choosing them for your mother.
Here are some flowers with their meanings in North America. There are many different versions from several countries some with completely different meanings.
CARNATION Pink - I'll Never Forget You
CARNATION White - Sweet and Lovely; Innocence; Pure Love; Woman's Good Luck Gift CROCUS - Cheerfulness
DAFFODIL - Regard; Unrequited Love; You're the Only One; The Sun is Always Shining When I'm with You
DAISY - Innocence; Loyal Love; I'll Never Tell; Purity LILY Calla - Beauty
ORCHID - Love; Beauty; Refinement; Beautiful Lady; Chinese Symbol for Many Children ROSE Dark Pink - Thankfulness
ROSE Pale Pink - Grace, Joy
ROSE Red - Love, Respect
ROSE Yellow - Joy, Friendship
ROSES Bouquet of Full Bloom - Gratitude
TULIP Red - Believe Me; Declaration of Love
TULIP Variegated - Beautiful Eyes
TULIP Yellow - There's Sunshine in Your Smile
However, choosing the perfect Mother's Day flowers should never be based only on flower language. The flower bouquet or basket should also contain your mother's favourite flowers. You can also think about her personality and the colour she likes. After all, what really matters is the love you are showing with the flowers on Mother's Day.