Best Mother’s Day Flowers for New Zealand Mums
Mother’s Day in New Zealand falls on Sunday 9 May 2021 this year. Luckily this year we can celebrate Mother’s Day in Auckland in person with our Mums.
Although Mother’s Day is not an official holiday in New Zealand, this special day is widely observed by New Zealanders as a time to recognise the Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts and important mother figures in our lives.
Here are our favourite flowers that are in season in May to give to your Mum on Mother’s Day.
Lilies are fragrant and elegant flowers to give your Mum on Mother’s Day. Lilies represent fertility and motherhood in many cultures. There are lots of different types of lilies to choose from such as oriental lilies or calla lilies. They also come in a range of colours including: white, pink, red, orange and yellow.
Remember to remove the yellow stamens from lilies to avoid the pollen staining things it drops on or touches.
Roses are a classic favourite for Mothers Day which come in a wide range of colours.
Historically roses have been symbolically linked to motherhood. In ancient Greece roses were thought to be sacred to the goddess Isis (the ideal mother) and Aphrodite (the goddess of love and beauty). Later in the Middle Ages, the rose was seen as the queen of flowers. Pope Leo VIII even created the Order of the Golden Rose as a means of honoring virtuous women.
Red roses typically represent romantic love making them a perfect mother’s day present for your wife. A deep pink colour is great for your Mum, as this colour represents gratitude and appreciation. Yellow roses are good to give a friend or sibling as it represents freindship, joy and happiness. Peach roses are also a good colour to give your Mum as they convey a meaning of genuineness, sincerity and gratitude.
Tulips are perfected suited to Mother’s Day celebrations as they express warmth and affection. To express warmth and affection, choose pink tulips for a gift that your Mum will like. Tulips are one of the only flowers that keep growing when they have been cut and put in a vase, which means the flowers will still change from day to day which we love. You can get tulips in a wide range of colours including: white, yellow, orange, pink and purple.
Chrysanthemums are traditionally given at Mother’s Day as they flower profusely during autumn and contain the word “Mum”. Symbolically, chrsanthemums are associated with friendship and support from one’s family.
Hellebores winter rose
Hellerbore flowers are also know as Winter Roses and are elegant flowers to give on Mother’s Day. They come in many colours such as white, black, purple, mauve, pink, yellow, white and light green. Lots of their blooms are variegated with unique speckles or veining.
Hyacinth’s are a highly fragrant bell shaped flower that are great to give in a pot so that your Mum can enjoy watching them bloom and then flower.
Traditionally carnations were the symbol of Mother’s Day representing a mother’s undying love and they are a popular choice for Mothers Day. Carnations have often been relegated to the status of filler flowers to hide behind bigger blooms, however a bunch of carnations just by themselves or with some greenery can look stunning.
Orchids can be a great gift to give you Mum on Mother’s Day if you want your gift to last you can buy an orchid plant from a garden centre or florist which will flower for months. Plus if you look after the orchid properly they can rebloom for years to come.
Freesia are a fragrant sweet scented flower with delicate upward facing blooms and wiry stems. Each stem has between 5 to 10 tubular flowers so the buds will continue to open.
Rananculus are beautiful playful blooms to give you Mum this Mothers Day. Although these flowers are stunning with their multiple layes of delicate petals, they will only last 4 to 5 days in a vase so buy them fresh and not in advance. Rananculus come in a wide range of colours from pastel pinks, whites and yellows to bright yellows.
Cornflowers are perfect for a wildflower or “just picked” bouqet for you Mum. Cornflowers are usually in blue, but you can also find them in pale pink, lavendar, white and dark marroon.
Anemoes have relaxed flowy petals with a structured black centre. Anemones are also known as windflower and are grown fro their beautiful nodding blooms on long, wiry stems. They come in lots of colours including blue, purple, pink, red and white.
Iris is the Greek word for rainbow and comes in up to 300 varities although the most common colours are purple or yellow.
Lisianthus are an elegant flower with ruffled petals and classic buds that come in may colours. They will last up to 2 weeks or longer as a cut vase too, meaning your Mum can enjoy your Mother’s Day present for a little while.
Although Berries are not a flower they can be a stunning bouquet to give your Mum that will last a long time.