Isn’t it the thought that counts? Sure it is. Still, giving more than a little thought to choosing Mother’s Day flowers is a good idea.
Next Sunday marks 99 years since President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first observance of National Mother’s Day.
In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, many will show their love and respect for their moms by choosing flowers or plants to give them. Lilies, carnations, roses, hydrangeas and irises are among the flowers most likely to be featured in Lowcountry gift arrangements.
While mothers might appreciate any flowers you give them, carefully chosen ones are more likely to be treasured.
In 2012, more than one-third of adults bought flowers or plants as Mother’s Day gifts, the Society of American Florists says. Their gifts helped put Mother’s Day purchases ahead of Valentine’s Day and behind Christmas and Hanukkah when counting holiday-driven purchases.
Locally, those at Creech’s Florist, the Flower Cottage and Seithel’s Florist say Valentine’s Day sales exceed Mother’s Day ones.
Most sons and daughters send their mothers a flower arrangement, says Nella Creech Peele of Creech’s Florist. But they don’t usually know what kinds of flowers their mother prefers.
It’s fine to purchase flowers, including flowering plants, based on mom’s favorite color or her personality, Peele says. But it’s also OK to ask her what kind of flower she likes best.
Peggy Sirisky at the Flower Cottage says those shopping for flowers want to make their moms happy, but don’t know whether she prefers wildflowers or a blooming plant.
Jen Storm at Seithel’s Florist says most customers usually come in for an arrangement, and she first helps them choose the color and then the flower.
In this area, most people give an arrangement of mixed spring flowers rather than one featuring a single type, says Raleigh Beasley at Creech’s.
One of the most popular flowers to include in local arrangements are hydrangeas, Beasley says.
Others you might find in them are irises and lilies. Not too many of his customers choose roses for Mother’s Day, but those who do select pink, lavender or purple ones.
However, Sirisky says the Flower Cottage’s most popular Mother’s Day flower is the rose. Usually pink roses are favored, with peach and lavender following.
“People love to send Mom roses,” Sirisky says. “After that, they send mixed floral arrangements.”
Storm of Seithel’s says most send a mixed bouquet of pink and white flowers in season. About 10 percent of her customers select a blooming plant instead.
“Personally, I prefer not to send a box,” Peele says. “It’s just much nicer to have them in a vase of water.”
Sirisky says if a mother has to arrange the flowers, it could diminish the gift. The presentation is better if you send something already arranged.
Peele says those on a tight budget can buy Mom an arrangement starting at $35. For about the same price, they can get a plant. Something special to extra-special would cost $50-$75.
At the Flower Cottage, those with a small budget would be encouraged to get a house plant, Sirisky says. “Moms really do appreciate just being recognized,” she says.
Most Mother’s Day flower arrangements at her shop cost around $75.
At Seithel’s, says Storm, Mother’s Day arrangements usually cost between $40 and $90.
Peele says carnations, daisies, lilies and roses tend to last the longest.
Sirisky said lilies, carnationas as well as orchids are big sellers at her shop for Mother’s Day gifts.
Storm encourages mothers to focus on keeping flowers they receive as cool as they can for as long as they can. That includes avoiding sunny windows. “Of course, it’s also important to change the water,” she says.
Relatively few follow the tradition of purchasing a corsage for their mothers to wear at church or a Mother’s Day brunch, the florists say.
Fewer still follow the practice of wearing a corsage to honor their mothers, red for living mothers, and white for deceased ones, on Mother’s Day.
Reach Wevonneda Minis at 937-5705.