The days are starting to get longer and there are daffodils – our flower of the month – in bloom. Spring and Easter are just around the corner, and we’re already dreaming of summer...
But first, there are inspiring, strong and independent women to be celebrated and appreciated on March 11th in aid of Mother’s Day in the UK. Whether you’re surprising her by sending an exquisitely crafted bouquet, or hand delivering it to the house before sitting down for a sunday roast – we’ve got a comprehensive guide at hand to help.
1. Select the right stems
Celebrate spring awakening by opting for the season’s newborn stems – but be warned, they’re a vibrant bunch. From intricate anemones, fragrant hyacinths and vivid yellow daffodils – the National Flower of Wales – to perhaps the most captivating of spring’s fresh crop, the parrot tulip that defies all the traits of its traditional counterpart – there are plenty of bold stems to choose from.
...perhaps the most captivating of spring’s fresh crop, the parrot tulip that defies all the traits of its traditional counterpart
2. Know the colour scheme
Speaking from experience, it’s always worth noting mum’s colour scheme. If the entire house is pristine white, follow suit and opt for elegant anemones, or perhaps Petersham Nurseries’ ‘Scented Trio’ – three matching posies containing scented mimosa and ranunculus stems, subtly punctuated by spring white lilac. Of course, it’s a matter of preference and you know mum best.
3. Think about her favourite scent
Ever witnessed your mum picking flowers on a summer walk, elated by the uplifting aroma? Take your scent cues from fond memories for a truly personal gift, for our use of smell is linked closer to memory than any other sense. Maybe it’s the comforting savour of spring lilac – proper name Syringa from the ancient greek meaning ‘tube’ in reference to their hollow composure – or perhaps it’s the familiar fragrance of an english country garden, an arrangement of scented stock and garden roses.
...perhaps it’s the familiar fragrance of an english country garden, an arrangement of scented stock and garden roses.
4. Sending them in time
You can now order up to 14 days before the special day, which means you can shop right now. But if organisation isn’t your forte you can order on March 11th (before 12pm) for same-day delivery. Not sure of mum’s schedule? Simply order the bouquet to your own address and hand-deliver it. For example, Zita Elze’s ‘Harlequin’ bouquet made up of seasonal mixed tulips, is served in a beautifully packaged paper bag, perfect for carrying to lunch.
5. Don’t forget the first Mother’s Day
A final tip, don’t forget her first Mother’s Day. We’re aware newborns can’t browse the net, but a beautiful bouquet – from which the stems can later be pressed and kept for years to come – is a considered gesture of appreciation.