isn't a Mom around who doesn't love to receive a
gift of flowers from her favorite offspring. And
happily, the selection of flowers available is never
better than now. Spring blooms such as tulips,
hyacinths, and daffodils have not quite come to the
end of their season, while summer flowers like
lilies, peonies, and larkspur have already begun
theirs. Of course, roses are always available and
always a good choice; the range of sizes and colors
being produced today is unprecedented.
Bright, summery rose varieties include 'Golda'
(intense, sunny yellow),
'Sari' (lively apricot), 'Livia' (clear, warm pink),
'Raphaela' (deep coral), 'Peckoubo' (creamy peach),
and the vivid bi-color 'Carnaval' (white with a
magenta edge). Roses look great presented in a vase
by themselves, or accompanied by a delicate filler
flower like 'Misty Blue' limonium. But they also
work well in mixed bouquets with other colorful
flowers, adding a touch of elegance that lets Mom
know how much she is loved.
A cheerful, garden-themed arrangement with a variety
of fresh cut blossoms in a vase or a basket, or even
a terra cotta pot, will surely bring a smile to
Mom's face, and your professional florist can help
you make the right selection. The addition of an
artistically curving branch or a handful of wispy
grasses can add a lot of personality to the design.
Naturally, part of the unique appeal and indulgent
charm of fresh flowers is the fact that their beauty
is so fleeting....it simply makes them all the more
precious to us. But to help cut flowers last longer,
it is useful to change or add fresh water daily,
keep them away from heat or cold and out of drafts,
remove any spent blossoms, and use a fresh flower
nutrient solution (available from your local flower
Vibrant blooming plants are also abundant at this
time of year, including cyclamens, gloxinias, fancy
chrysanthemums, and kalanchoes. Some varieties, such
as azaleas, hydrangeas, and potted lilies can be
replanted outside in the garden to bring joy to
Mom's heart year after year, reminding her of how
special she is to you.
Mothers add a lot of color to our lives.....they
surely deserve to get a little bit back! Call or
visit your local florist right away, and have your
Mother's Day surprise delivered early next week to
maximize your Mom's delight.