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Mother's Day

"All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener’s garters, Shepherd’s purse,
Bachelor’s buttons, Lady’s smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock. "

~ The Flowers, A Child's Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson, 1885

Celebrated in various months throughout the year, including March in the UK and Ireland as Mothering Sunday, Mother's Day is most popularly celebrated on the second Sunday in May, the month of flowers, as a special day for all mothers and grandmothers of all kinds and for those taking on a mother's role. Happy Mother's Day for those near, dear, and remembered, with a tartan bouquet of old-fashioned flowers! 🌺🌻🌹🌸🌷🥀💐🏵️🌼

Some old-fashioned favourites that many people associate with a "mother" or "grandma's garden" in cottage style gardening are:  


  • Sweet Peas

  • Morning Glories

  • Roses

  • Heliotrope

  • Four o'clocks

  • Larkspur

  • Poppies

  • Button Bush

  • Love in a Mist

  • Hollyhocks

  • Bacherlor Buttons

  • Snapdragons

  • Sunflowers

  • Sweet William

  • Foxglove

  • Columbine

  • Honeysuckle


The carnation became associated with Mother’s Day flower when Anna Jarvis, commonly known as the “founder” of the modern Mother’s Day in the United States, distributed hundreds of white carnations when she first officially celebrated this day in the United States in 1908. 


Carnations were her flower of choice because they were her mother’s favourite blooms.  Historically, a white carnation denotes love that cannot be shared and is used to symbolise remembrance for a mother who has passed away. 


A pink carnation, on the other hand, symbolises a mother’s undying love, gratitude and tenderness.


Should you want a virtual garden walk today, click the bouquet for a select set of garden tours.