It might seem clichéd, but Mums really do still love to receive flowers on Mother’s Day – or any other time of the year, if it comes to that. So, now that Mothering Sunday is nearly upon us, maybe it’s time – for the benefit of all the bewildered kids out there – to take a fresh look (see what we did there) at why Mums just love those beautiful blooms.
Forget the old excuse that women don’t really like flowers because ‘they die anyway, and all’ – it’s a total myth, and most wives, mothers and girlfriends love them actually because of that very fact.
“Some guys think that giving flowers is pointless because the flowers will eventually die. Well, guess what? That’s actually the part that we love,” says 24-year-old blogger, Jel Directo. “Though we love the idea of a forever kind of love, we still like the idea that you can give us something ephemeral and exciting. Even if it seems that your money is being put to waste, it’s nice to know you spent it on something that will yield a guaranteed smile from us.”
It seems many women think flowers reflect who they are and, sometimes more importantly, who we think they are. “Showing her your love with a specially-made bouquet will only increase her affection for you, and make her feel like she’s still the most important person in your life,” says askmen+ journalist Andre Cross. “In turn, you will reap the benefits as it will be her pleasure to reciprocate the feelings you garnered her with.”
It’s an opinion shared by many female journalists too. “It feels lovely!” remarks Gillian Booker, a UK blogger on womens’ wellbeing. “Someone has cared enough about you, what you’ve done or said, or just to show their appreciation. Flowers are a wonderful surprise for many reasons.”
But dashing round with a £5 bunch of slightly past their sell-by carnations with a torn off sticker simply doesn’t cut it. “They have to have been specially chosen,” says Sandra Milton, a writer for an online women’s forum, “you have to have put some effort in to choosing them, getting the colours and blooms just right – then she’ll feel really special.”
And if you don’t know your gerberas from your dahlias, best not to trust to luck if you don’t want to fall flat on your proverbial. Consulting with and entrusting your local independent florist will ensure that your blossoming gift is perfection itself. “We pride ourselves on coming up with something extra special,” says professional floral artist and blogger Mags Scard, of The Gilded Lily in Chorley, Lancashire. “Our experience and training tell us exactly what Mum will love – it’s that that makes the difference between giving her a bunch of flowers and surprising her with a stunning gift that will give her true happiness.”
It’s a sentiment that rings true among the women-folk of the land, and echoes the eternal mantra that girls have a divine right to receive beautiful things, and there’s not much that’s more beautiful than Mother Nature’s ultimate gift of elegant blooms. “We deserve them. Period.” is how Jel Directo succinctly puts it. “The point is that every woman deserves to be delighted by flowers — despite the fact that they die, they make us feel special — which is hopefully, what you want.”
So, no more puzzling over what to get Mum this Sunday – play it safe, and make her day!