The Tradition of Giving Roses And Other Flowers on Mother's Day

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Appreciation for Mom

She held you tight and comforted you when the world was new and frightening. She caught you when you took your first steps and celebrated all your milestones. She held your hand on the first day of school and assured you that you would make friends. You cried on her shoulder when you felt all alone in the universe. She supported your unusual fashion style and never once laughed at your choices. She encouraged you to spread your wings and try new things. She was and has been a guiding light in the bleakest night. As Mother’s Day quickly approaches, many thoughts turn to what to get Mom for her special day to show our love and appreciation for all that she has done for us. The first gift that tends to come to mind is flowers.

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Why Flowers?

The tradition of giving flowers to mom on Mother’s Day began with Anna Jarvis in 1907. She passed out 500 white carnations to all the mothers in her Church on the anniversary of the passing of her own beloved Mother. The white carnation was her mother’s favorite flower and it has come to symbolize respect for mothers no longer living. The following year, the Church held the first Mother’s Day service and celebration.

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What Are the Traditional Flowers to Give on Mother’s Day?

Pink carnations are some of the most popular flowers to give on Mother's Day. It is supposed to denote appreciation and lasting love, and has been associated with motherhood for numerous years.

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Lilies are another popular flower given to mom and are available in a multitude of colors. White lilies indicate virtue and purity. Pink hued lilies characterize friendship and prosperity while the delicately fragrant Lilies of the Valley express humility and devotion. Brilliantly colored tiger lilies express wealth and pride.

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Roses are, hands down, the most popular flowers given on Mother's Day after carnations. A roses’ color has more meaning than any other flower. Everyone knows that red roses stand for passionate love. The epitome of purity is the white rose. Very appropriate for mom is the pink rose, symbolizing gratitude, admiration, a child’s love, and appreciation for all that she has done. Regardless of color, a single rose conveys simple gratitude from the giver.

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Azaleas can be found on tables near grocery store checkout stands next to the boxes of chocolates and stuffed bears this time of the year. Azaleas represent the Chinese symbol of womanhood and when presented as a gift, extend wishes of health and happiness.

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Sunflowers are reflective of warmth and happiness and are thought to represent adoration. When given as a gift, represents the giver bidding the recipient a long life.

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Love and Appreciation

Regardless of which flower or combinations of flowers are selected, mom will know how much she is truly appreciated and deeply loved. Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Gifts

What do you typically present Mom with on Mother's Day?

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

bridalletter, she will be a lucky mom to get some fresh flowers from such a lovely daughter! :)


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

thank you for sharing the popular flowers. I think I will give her the pink carnations this time. With the time of year mother's day falls, it is a perfect time to pull flowers right out of the yard. I make cards and other gifts so she gets some special things. I do get her what she wants too. Mom's are amazing, glad to have her as long as I have.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

Thank you, Mary! Sounds like your mother was a wonderful woman...she must have been, she raised a very lovely lady. :)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

I agree, Janine, if it wasn't for our mother's we wouldn't be here. :) Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it and found it useful. :) I appreciate the nice comment and the share. :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

If my Mother were still alive, I'd like to give her one of EACH of your beautiful flowers!

She has been dead for 30 years, and I still miss my best friend!

Beautiful Hub, and I voted that way. Mary


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

This truly has to be one of the most important life lessons if the most important to do something nice for your mom. I loved reading about all the different flowers and their meanings. I have always loved the Lily and now I have my youngest even named after this beautiful flower. Thanks again and have voted and shared too!!


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gemsston 4 years ago

Mom is like everything for her kids. she is first teacher for kids. it's heart touching hub. check my blog also aboutsapphirejewelry.com and sapphireengagementring.info


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

Thank you, Anjili. :) Mothers are very much like the flowers that we give them. :) Glad you enjoyed it. And thank you for stopping by. :)


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

I like the way you broke them up according to the virtues we find in our moms. They definitely compete well with the flowers, hence the gifts. Thanks for sharing this. Beautiful and voted up


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

Thank you, Alex Jose! You mother is very lucky to have such a wonderful son. :)


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Alex Jose 4 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

A very short and lovely hub....I every year present my mother usually flower and even a gift of her choice...so thumbs up for this hub.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

dbuddhika, what beautiful words. Thank you for the vote and the kind comments. :)


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dbuddhika 4 years ago

Mother's love for children is boundless, sacrificial, selfless and incomparable, according to Sri Lankan Culture

It emerges from the bottom of the heart. Beautiful photos.I always love flowers for Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Voting you UP and beautiful


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

Short, sweet and to the point. Thank you, Frank! :o)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Ttoombs what a wonderful Hub PERIOD!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

She must have a beautiful garden now. :o)


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

My mom likes plants. I usually give her some kind of flowering bush she can plant in her yard. I've given her Azalea, Peony, Rock Rose, Pyracantha among others.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

Thank you, tillsontitan! Much appreciation for reading, voting and the kind comments! :o)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

We all lean towards flowers for Mother's Day but it is nice to have an explanation of each flower and it's color. This is a very informative hub that you started with a lot of heart. Voted up, useful and interesting.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

Thank you, Pamela99! :) I do believe you are correct. :) I think that's why so many flower shops make up corsages with both pink and white together, so they cover all their bases. And they look pretty. :)


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I was just talking to my husband about getting my mother a corsage to wear to church. I think the old custom was to give her white if her mother has passed away, and pink if she is living. I usually give her flowers or a small gift with a pretty card. I love your pictures and suggestions.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

Thank you for stopping by, teaches12345! I agree, if they can be planted outdoors to be enjoyed longer, even better! We used to give my mom rose and lilac bushes for Mother's Day. Her two favorite plants. :) That is, until we discovered Rosetree of China. Gorgeous. Happy shopping!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I always love flowers for Mother's Day, it is such a sweet way to remember someone. If they can be planted outside, it's even better. Love your pretty photos, those sunflowers are huge. Thanks for the reminder, gotta get to the store!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

Au fait: I hear ya. Hubby bought me seeds (they were 4/$1 at Runnings) so I could grow my own flowers and enjoy them all summer long. :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Beautiful photos. I love fresh flowers. This year, I hope my daughter will think of something more practical since I'm still suffering from the great bank heist of 2008. Maybe a gift certificate from the grocery store or the gas station.

Voting you UP and beautiful!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

Thank you, anglnwu, I agree about flowers being a wonderful gift for mom. :) Thank you for reading and leaving me such a nice comment! :)


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Can't go wrong with flowers on Mother's day. To me, flowers are such an expression of love and all things beautiful, a truly fitting gift. Love all the flowers represented here. Happy Mother's Day!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

Thank you, Marsei. I can understand that, my mom passed in 1995 (12 days before Christmas). Mom's just seem to have some sort of connection to their kids, don't they? :)


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Marsei 4 years ago from New Orleans

Beautiful hub. I still miss my mom and she's been gone for 43 years. No one understands you like your mom.

Voted up.

marsei


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

Thank you, rahul0324. Yes, most moms are wonderful creatures and we're lucky to have them amoung us! :) Glad you liked my hub. :)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. Author

Well, we finally found my purpose. lol! Bev would probably hurt you and then make you go out and fix it. :) Rest well!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well alrighty then! I had no idea azaleas were a traditional flower for Mother's Day! See, I need you around to keep me informed of these things. I wonder what Bev would say if I walked in with an armful of the azaleas from our front yard? Hmmm!

Great hub my friend! Talk to you tomorrow!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Such beautiful flowers :) I would like to gift an entire room of them to my mum...

Mothers deserve all the true happiness in this world, divine souls they are, Gods angels or God themselves

Lovely hub!

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