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Buyer's guide for purchasing Mother's Day flowers

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
May 8, 2013 at 12:08 a.m.


FLOWER BUYING TIPS

  1. Ask mother what flowers are her favorite. You want to send their favorite, not your favorite.

  2. Ask mother whether she likes flowers, or would prefer a different gift.

  3. Ask mother whether she's allergic to any flowers or plants before buying.

  4. Consider a plant, or corsage, rather than a floral arrangement.

Every mom wants to feel special and pampered on Mother's Day. On the second Sunday in May, motherhood is celebrated around the globe with chocolates, greeting cards and chichi brunch invitations.

But one of the most common ways Americans choose to say "Thanks, Mom" on Mother's Day is with flowers.

Below is a complete flower buying guide for every type of mother, recommended by nonprofit Victoria florist, Devereux Gardens.

• First-time mother

Flower: Snapdragons, spray roses, stock flowers

Color: Pink and white, if they recently delivered a girl; blue and white if they recently delivered a boy.

• Longtime mother

Flower: Iris, delphinium, carnations, roses.

Color: All colors, mixed arrangements.

• Senior-aged mother

Flower: Tulips, stock flowers, snapdragons, lilies.

Color: purples, yellow, pinks.

• Mother-in-law

Flower: Carnation, snapdragons, gerber daisies.

Sophisticated mother-in-laws: hydrangea, orchids, bells of Ireland.

Color: Mixed colors.

• Grandmother

Flower: Rubber plant, ivy plant, azalea plant, bird's nest plant.

Color: All colors apply

• Single mother

Flower: Roses, gerber daisies, carnations, sunflowers.

Color: Yellow, orange, pink.

• Mother who doesn't like flowers

Flower: Single rose or lily with arrangement of balloons; bath and spa gift basket, candles and potpourri, kitchen basket with mixed recipe sauces and cookware.

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