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Keep color in mind when buying flowers for Mother's Day

Though many of Oklahoma's early bloomers, such as daffodils and tulips, already are past their primes, most florists carry fresh-cut stems of popular bulb varieties.
by Heather Warlick Published: May 6, 2013

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.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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