The days are getting longer and warmer and the first big celebration of spring is on the horizon: Mother’s Day falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, this year on March 11. Mother’s Day gives us the perfect opportunity to let our mums know just how much they are loved and appreciated.
Mother's Day, or Mothering Sunday as it is sometimes known, originated as a religious festival in the 16th century when on Laetare Sunday, a day when the harsh rules of Lent were temporarily relaxed, people would return to their "mother" church, the one where they had been baptised. In Victorian times, servants would be given the day off to visit their mothers, with gifts of Simnel cakes - fruit cakes with marzipan - and bunches of spring flowers.
Mother’s Day is often seen as a chance for families to get together and mark the occasion with a special lunch or afternoon tea; the custom of giving your mum a card and a gift such as a bouquet of gorgeous blooms is another very popular way of celebrating the special bond between mother and child.
If you can’t travel to see your mum, online florists such as Interflora offer a great service by delivering hand-tied bouquets direct to her door. Waitrose also offers a selection of fresh flowers: choose from roses, tulips or a lovely arrangement in a basket while Scilly Flowers provides bunches of freshly picked daffodils and scented narcissi that make great Mother’s Day gifts.
One of our favourite online florists is Flying Flowers and as a special Mother’s Day offer, just tell us what you love about your mum on social media and we will send her a gorgeous Sweet Cupcake pastel bouquet from Flying Flowers in a pop up vase, complete with a gift card with your special message.