Mother's Day Flowers
Thinking of sending flowers this Mothers Day? In the UK it is on 27th March 2022.
History of Mothering Sunday in the UK
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” During the 16th century, people in the UK used to return on the 4th Sunday in Lent for a service to their ‘mother church’ - the main church or cathedral of the area.
This was either the church where you were baptised, or the local parish church or more often the nearest cathedral. Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone "a-mothering", although whether this term preceded the observance of Mothering Sunday is unclear.
In later times, ‘Mothering Sunday’ became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather, since on other days they were prevented by conflicting working hours, and servants were not given free days on other occasions. Children and young people who were given a day off on that date so they could visit their families would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers. Eventually, the religious tradition evolved into the Mothering Sunday secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers.
What flowers to send to your Mother on Mother’s Day
In recent times, popular flowers to send on Mothering Sunday have been:
Carnations are one of the most common choices for bouquets after roses. These beautiful flowers are known as “The Flower of Gods.” In Greek, Dios means Zeus AKA God, and anthos means Flower. The term dianthus was coined by Greek botanist Theophrastus, and the scientific name “Dianthus Caryophyllus” for carnations translates to Flower Of Gods. The flower is also known as “Heavenly Flowers.” Many believe that the name “carnation” comes from “coronation” or “corone” which means flower garlands, and since carnations are commonly used in Greek ceremonial crowns, hence the name Carnations.
Chrysanthemums are also known as “mums” and believed to have originated from China. Later, this November flower was brought to Europe in the 18th century. The word “Chrysanthemums” has its roots in the Greek words “Khrusos” which means gold and “Anthemon” which means flower. However, an ancient Chinese city was named Chu-Hsien that means “Chrysanthemum city”. In Japan, these beautiful vibrant blooms were introduced in the 8th century CE and soon the Emperor of Japan adopted this flower as his official seal. In fact, there also happens to be a “Festival Of Happiness” to celebrate the presence of this beautiful flower.
Tulips can be divided into about 150 various species, but there are more than 3,000 naturally occurring and genetically cultivated varieties of the flower worldwide. New varieties of tulips are regularly created, but it takes each one at least 20 years to go from the beginning stages of cultivation to your local florist's shop. Tulips have a wide variety of meanings, with each colour symbolizing something different. In general, tulips are said to symbolize love and signal spring's arrival. Red tulips represent true love, white tulips say "I'm sorry," and purple tulips symbolize royalty. Interestingly, a multi-coloured bouquet of the blossoms is said to be a compliment of the recipient's eyes. The flower is also the symbol of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. A variety of tulip was actually named after James Parkinson, the doctor for which the degenerative disease is named. The foundation began using the flower in 1980.
It's no wonder that roses have been referenced in literature and music for centuries. Archaeologists have discovered rose fossils that date back 35 million years. Even more shocking, the oldest living rose is 1,000 years old. This impressively enduring rose grows on a wall on the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany. Who knew looking pretty in a vase wasn't the only way to use roses in the kitchen? Their petals are edible and rose water (made from soaking the petals in water) is often added to jellies and jams or is used as flavouring in Indian and Chinese dishes. Roses also grow a berry-shaped fruit called rose hips. The fruit can be orange, red, dark purple, or even black. Rose hips are packed with vitamin C and can be used in cocktails or dried to create a refreshing tea. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, roses are the oldest species of plant to be grown as decoration. The rose (genus Rosa, family Rosaceae) is the oldest species of plant cultivated and used for decorative purposes. Documents dated to AD 50 suggest that ancient Romans grew the flowers in vast plantations and local hothouses to ensure a year-round supply of medicinal extracts, cooking ingredients and ornamentation. Ancient Romans used roses to decorate buildings, furniture and people, whilst petals were laid to create rose carpets and walkways. There is evidence dating back 5,000 years when the Chinese and Japanese created rose gardens, although it is not known if these were for ornamental reasons. Similarly, Theophrastus (382-287 BC) wrote about the cultivation of roses in ancient Greece, but not their purpose.
Mothers Day in the UK in 2022 is on 27th March. You can find a selection of Mothers Day Flowers in our online shop.