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Sending Flowers for Mother's Day: Everything You Need to Know

Mother's Day is a cherished occasion that calls for a celebration of the people who nurture, inspire, and enrich our lives. It's a day steeped in gratitude and affection, where flowers serve as messengers of our deepest sentiments. As we rapidly approach Mother's Day on Sunday 10th March 2024, let us guide you through selecting the perfect floral tribute, ensuring your gesture of love resonates with the love and appreciation you have for your mother figure.

When is Mother's Day 2024?

Mother's Day 2024 falls on Sunday, the 10th of March. It’s a perfectly timed opportunity to pause and reflect on the profound impact mothers have on our lives. It's a day for celebration, for expressing gratitude, and for making memories that endure. Spring is the perfect season to celebrate Mother’s Day too, as it represents new life and beginnings.

What is the Meaning Behind Mother's Day Flowers?

The tradition of giving flowers on Mother's Day is laden with symbolism, each bloom whispering its own unique message. Pink roses symbolise grace and appreciation, a nod to the gentle, loving qualities of mothers. White roses represent purity and brightness, reflecting the guiding light mothers represent. Lilies, with their stately beauty, signify purity and motherhood, embodying the noble spirit of maternal love.

The act of giving flowers is one of profound sentiment and emotion. A gathering of tender blooms, radiating glorious life, has an effect that is so deeply felt and yet hard to quantify. There is something magical in giving and receiving bouquets, and who wouldn’t want to give a special mum in their life a little bit of magic?

Do Mums Really Like Getting Flowers?

A pair of hands holds a bouquet of flowers into frame. The bouquet is a mix of pastel peach, pink and white.Absolutely. Flowers are not just gifts; they are experiences, moments of beauty that stir the soul. They speak a language of love, appreciation, and thoughtfulness. For many mothers, receiving flowers is a joyful affirmation of their cherished role, a tangible expression of the invisible bonds that connect families.

Many mothers would appreciate an extra hour of sleep on Mothering Sunday, and maybe a cup of tea in bed, and there’s nothing to say she can’t have it all. Taking mum a bouquet of flowers while treating her to a tasty meal and time to relax is a gifted bundle of joy from her very own bundle of joy.

Which are the Best Flowers for Mother's Day?

Selecting the best flowers for Mother's Day involves a blend of tradition and personalisation. While roses and lilies are classic choices, symbolising love and respect, consider also the favourites and preferences of your own mother. Orchids for elegance, hydrangeas for gratitude, and tulips for comfort. Each flower has a story, ready to add depth to your message of love.

The Victorians knew how to give bouquets steeped in meaning - they invented the language of flowers. If your mum has perseverance and composure in spades, then a bouquet containing china asters (Callistephus Chinensis) will have symbolism in patience. Arrangements including carnations and gerberas will show her how much you admire her formidable strength.

Which are the Best Flowers for Someone's First Mother's Day?

A first Mother's Day is a milestone of immense joy and significance. For this special occasion, consider flowers that symbolise new beginnings and joy. Daffodils (Narcissi) represent new beginnings - blooming in spring that’s understandable. Sunflowers (Helianthus annus), radiant and warm, symbolise strength, pride and devotion. These flowers, vibrant and full of life, perfectly capture the essence of embarking on the journey of motherhood.

What Message Should You Write on a Mother's Day Card?

The message on a Mother's Day card should come from the heart, a personal note that speaks to the unique relationship you share. Whether it's a simple "Thank you for every hug, word of encouragement, and act of love" or a more personalised message reflecting shared memories and moments, the key is sincerity. Your words, coupled with the beauty of the flowers, will surely touch her heart.

Which Flowers are Traditionally Given on Mother's Day?

Close up photo of a vibrant bouquet of pink flowers including lilies, gerberas and roses.Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus) are traditionally associated with Mother's Day, with pink blooms symbolising a mother's undying love. This tradition stems from their use in the earliest Mother's Day celebrations, representing admiration, love, and gratitude. Incorporating carnations into your bouquet pays homage to this legacy, connecting your gift to the rich tapestry of maternal appreciation.

Lilies are a perennial favourite of mothers too, it seems. Representing birth and devotion, as well as pride and happiness, lilies make a bouquet gorgeously sentimental. Paired with their heavenly scent, your mum is sure to love receiving a bouquet with lilies. A word of caution if she has pets, however, as lilies are toxic when ingested. Best find a rose bouquet or similar that won’t be harmful to any four-legged friends in her home.

Is There a Special Flower Arrangement for a First Mother's Day?

There are plenty of different types and styles of arrangement, from the classic bouquet to a flower basket, domed shapes to wild bohemian gatherings of blooms.

Have a think about where this mum is most likely to display her gorgeous flowers, and her unique style. If she likes things neat and tidy, a domed arrangement of a single flower type might be the perfect choice. If she loves things a little freer, a selection of blooms that have a wide variety of shapes and textures will create bold and dramatic shapes wherever she displays them.

The important thing to remember, regardless of what you send, is that you’ve sent it with love.

Are There Any Alternative Flowers to Give for a First Mother's Day?

For an unusual and memorable choice for a mum on her first Mother's Day, consider stepping beyond the traditional and exploring the world of unique and exotic flowers. These distinctive blooms not only stand out for their rare beauty but also carry profound meanings that can make your gift even more special.

  • Protea: Symbolising transformation, courage, and strength, the Protea is an extraordinary choice that reflects the remarkable journey of motherhood. Its striking appearance and resilience make it a memorable gift for a new mum, embodying the qualities needed as she embarks on this new chapter of life.

  • Bird of Paradise: Known for its vibrant colours and striking shape that resembles a bird in flight, the Bird of Paradise represents joy, paradise, and the wonder of discovery. It's a fitting tribute to the new adventures and experiences that motherhood brings.
    Anthurium: With its heart-shaped flower and bold colours, the Anthurium symbolises hospitality, happiness, and abundance. It's an excellent choice to celebrate the warmth and love a new mother brings to her home.

  • Orchids: While orchids are more common, certain exotic varieties stand out for their unique beauty and elegance. Orchids symbolise love, luxury, beauty, and strength—a beautiful way to honour a first-time mum's grace and resilience.

  • Sea Holly: For a truly unique choice, the Sea Holly (Latin name Eryngium) with its striking blue colour and thistle-like appearance symbolises bravery, courage, and a steadfast spirit. It's a wonderful way to celebrate the strength and determination of a new mother.

  • Japanese Camellia: Symbolising love, affection, and admiration, the Japanese Camellia is a beautiful and less common choice. With its lush petals and deep, rich colours, it offers a symbol of the enduring nature of a mother's love.


Each of these unusual flowers brings its own unique beauty and meaning to a first Mother's Day celebration. By choosing one of these exotic blooms, you're not only providing a stunning visual gift but also imparting a deeper message of love, admiration, and celebration of the new journey that motherhood represents.
In the art of gifting flowers for Mother's Day, each bloom, each hue, and each arrangement carries a message, a story of love, respect, and gratitude. As we navigate the choices, from the traditional to the personal, let us remember that the most profound gift we offer is the recognition of the boundless love and sacrifice our mothers bestow upon us. This Mother's Day, let your flowers be a mirror of your affection, a testament to the timeless elegance and profound depth of the bond shared between a mother and her children.
By Arena Flowers