Flowers are a classic Mother's Day gift and florists are gearing up for a busy week of taking orders and creating beautiful floral arrangements for mothers, grandmothers and mothers-to-be.
Though many of the state's early bloomers, such as daffodils and tulips, are already past their primes, most florists carry fresh-cut stems of popular bulb varieties, said Josh Glass, vice president of Trochtas Flower and Garden Center, 6700 N Broadway Extension.
“Flowers do make an amazing gift,” Glass said. But you don't have to limit yourself to a traditional bouquet when thinking of giving your mom a blooming gift.
At Trochtas, he said, you can have delivered anything from a bunch of roses to a large pot planted with full-size geraniums and hibiscus or shade pots with caladiums, ferns or oleander. “They're delivered right to your door. Your mom says, ‘Put it over here on this side of the porch.'”
Gardening supplies are a welcome Mother's Day gift for a mother who loves her garden. In addition to potted plants, which are a great gift because they can last for months, Chris Anderson, assistant manager at Marcum's Nursery in Oklahoma City, suggests gifts of yard art such as spinners, photographic canvases, wind chimes of all sizes, fountains, bird feeders and beautiful hand-blown glass bowls and gazing balls.
If you'd rather save money by creating your own floral masterpiece for your mom, here are some inspired ideas for color palettes and presentations, with tips from the flower bulb fans at iBulb, a group that promotes the use of flower bulbs, bulb flowers and ready-potted bulbs.
Lavender and blue
From the deep royal iris to the pale hydrangea, blues are said to be calming, representing serenity and openness. Lavender is the shade of femininity with darker purples conveying royalty.
When combined, lavender and blue make a dramatic statement both visually and through scent. Hyacinths, for example, have a powerful fragrance some consider heady and intoxicating but that could be overwhelming to some.
Mix delphinium, hydrangea, hyacinth and throw in a pop of magenta with Inca lilies, which will last for weeks, Anderson said.
Tip: Since hyacinth and lilies are so fragrant, keep this in mind if you're entertaining in a tight space.
The color yellow is nearly guaranteed to make you smile — it evokes feelings of joy and lightheartedness. According to Teleflora, yellow is also a color of friendship and a bouquet bursting with yellow blooms sends a message of new beginnings and happiness. You'll find bright yellow tulips and gladiolas as well as big, smiling gerbera daisies and daffodils.
Tip: Don't combine daffodils (or any other member of the narcissus family) with other flower types. Narcissi exude a slimy substance that shortens the lifespan of other flowers by clogging their water uptake channels.
These are a popular color combination for Mother's Day, Glass said. Pastels such as pink convey grace, gentility and happiness. Add an element of innocence and humility by mixing in white blooms. Look for romantic pastel shades of roses, tulips, hyacinths and ruffled gladiolas.
Tip: Extend the life of your tulips — buy them when the flower heads just start to open (the bud should be closed, but with the color of the flower evident). Keep them away from heat sources. To keep tulips standing up nice and straight in the vase, pre-stretch them by wrapping in newspaper and setting in water for the first 24 hours.
The color red has an indisputable energy, bringing an essence of strength and passionate love. Lighten up the deep red and that passion gets a little more mom-friendly and fun. Mix shades of red, fuchsia, orange and other rosy hues for an updated, modern color scheme based on red.
Tip: You may be tempted to add fruit to your flower arrangement for an eye-catching arrangement but as the fruit ripens, it emits ethylene gas which can shorten the vase life of some flowers.