Mother’s Day and flowers

Fri. May. 11, 2018

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Mother’s Day seems to go hand in hand with garden centers.  Since it’s the time of year when most of us are getting out in our yards and gardens and feeling secure in planting our outdoor containers!  My mom and I would shop for her annuals to plant in her whiskey barrels.

This particular celebration is one that the U.S. can call their own.  A woman named Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day” in 1912 being very specific that the apostrophe for mothers day was in there so that people would celebrate their own mother not just all moms.  Two years after her own mom died Anna embarked on a campaign to get people to celebrate their moms.  It took 7 years to realize her goal and create a national holiday.  By the 1920’s Anna Jarvis had grown sick of the commercialization and spent all of her inheritance trying to abolish the holiday.  What a twist!

Anna Jarvis

For me, Mother’s Day is a splendid day to spend time taking in the sights and scents of your local garden center.  Strolling with mom down memory lane while taking in aisles of plants.

The Donahue sisters compete with each other creating containers
Not exactly Mother’s Day but this is my mom and me in 1999 at the Landscape Arboretum

You might also think about offering a day of free labor.

If you still want to give mom chocolate; how about ‘Chocolate Ruffles’.  A heuchera that’s hardy to zone 4.

Heuchera 'Chocolate Ruffles'
Heuchera ‘Chocolate Ruffles
Geranium - chocolate scented
Geranium – chocolate scented

Perhaps planting a tree, shrub or perennial in memory of your mom.  My mom!  She died in 2004…  Sure do miss her.

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