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Mother’s Day in Australia falls on Sunday, May 10 this year, and it’s certainly going to be a different kind of day to what we’ve known before.
Social distancing, self-isolation and the threat of COVID-19 means most of us probably won’t be seeing our mums and grandmothers this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make them feel special.
Florists, who have been hit hard by social distancing laws that mean the weddings and parties they would normally cater to won’t be happening for the foreseeable future, are ready and waiting to create gifts of glorious bouquets, handmade candles and chocolatier chocolates for mums all across the country.
Bounty Parents spoke with Summa Hicks, owner of Coolangatta Florist on the southern end of the Gold Coast about the best flowers to choose for your bouquets this year.
Florists, like Summa Hicks from Coolangatta Florist, are ready to help you show mum that you’re thinking of her amid the COVID-19 social distancing rules.
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Traditional Mother’s Day celebrations and customs vary around the world, however this year we’re likely to be united by the fact that we’ll all be celebrating from afar.
Which makes flowers the perfect gift – a little love bomb to send when you can’t be near yourself.
In many parts of the world, carnations are regarded as the quintessential Mother’s Day flowers, but here in Australia, it’s chrysanthemums that hold that title.
Summa, who is a florist and a mum herself, loves using them in bouquets because she knows they will bring so much joy to the person lucky enough to receive them.
“Personally, my absolute favourite flower is the disbud,” Summa tells Bounty Parents.
“It’s part of the chrysanthemum family and it’s so beautiful, it’s guaranteed to make anyone smile.”
Of course, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful blooms here in Australia. Let’s take a look at what Summa has in her top ten in the gallery below …
The reason chrysanthemums are a great pick for an Aussie Mother’s Day is not only because the flower has the word “mum” in it but also because our climate means it is abundantly available in May.
Summa’s favourite, disbuds are also a part of the chrysanthemum family.
Pink chrysanthemums are said to be a symbol of love and warmth, making the delivery of a pink disbud arrangement a perfect hug-alternative when you can’t be near mum yourself.
Tradionally, these guys are another perfect choice for Mother’s Day.
And you can say a lot with the colours you choose.
For example: the colour pink symbolises gratitude, while a red carnation expresses admiration and a white carnation represents purity, love.
If you want a gift that lasts, orchids are a great choice either as cut flowers or as a potted plant.
Typically, orchid blooms last 8-12 weeks, long after Mother’s Day is over.
These hardy tropical houseplants can even thrive for years in the right conditions, making them a great choice if mum has a green thumb.
Beautifully scented and long lasting, a lily bouquet is a gorgeous way to show mum that you care.
Symbolically, in many cultures the lily flower symbolises fertility and motherhood which is a cute touch for this special day.
Put simply, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful roses. The scent, the colours, and the emotional connection to love make them a lovely flower to send somebody you love.
Australia has some of the most hardy, visually appealing and beautifully scented flowers that bloom here naturally.
Bouquets consisting of a mixture of any of these natural beauties will be a sure-fire hit for your mum here in Australia: protea, banksia, waxflower, eucalyptus, leucadendron and more.
If you’re looking for a pretty bouquet, tulips are always a winner.
With their many glorious colours and graceful petals they are suited for both elaborate cut flower arrangements and bouquets. You really can’t go wrong.
Packing a perfume punch, hyacinths are not only pretty to look at, your mum will be reminded of their presence whenever she walks into the room!
Freesias originated in South Africa meaning they have adapted well to our climate and are readily available, particularly on busy holidays like Mother’s Day.
Deliciously scented freesias are a perfect gift idea for those who love the simple things in life.
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