In the United States, Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in May. It is the most popular day for greeting cards and making long-distance telephone calls and the second most popular day for giving flowers (next to Valentine’s Day).
History of Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day was first suggested in the U.S. in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace. In 1907, a woman named Anna Jarvis began her celebration of motherhood by handing out 500 carnations one Sunday to all the mothers in attendance at the church in order to honor her own mother’s memory. She continued to campaign for the holiday until it was recognized by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. Traditionally, carnations are a sign of admiration, love, and respect; so it’s no wonder it’s recognized as the official Mother’s Day flower. Feel free to send or make flower arrangements with more uncommon flowers than carnations. Great scented flowers in season now are hyacinths, freesia and narcissus. Colorful and cheerful flowers include gerbera daisies and ranunculus. If your mom is more traditional, she’ll love roses and lilies.
Flower Pricing around Mother’s Day
While on Valentine’s Day, we florists see wholesale prices skyrocket and supply plunge for red, pink and purple flowers, on Mother’s Day, we see all types of flowers go up in price and supply reduced. If you are planning an event around Mother’s Day – like a wedding or big party where you will need specific types and colors of flowers, be sure to place your orders early from a reliable vendor and expect to pay 2-3 times more that you would during a normal week. A better idea is to plan events two weeks before or after Mother’s Day to avoid any flower shortages.
Mother’s Day Flower Ideas
If you are buying flowers for Mother’s Day, the best idea is to just get what your Mom loves! If she likes purple calla lilies…get an arrangement for her that incorporates them. Here are some lovely spring flowers to help celebrate all the great things mothers do for us.