THE MEANING BEHIND MOTHER'S DAY FLOWERS
Our founder Rosebie Morton’s mother would always place seasonal posies of scented flowers around the house. It was the understated beauty and glorious scent of these freshly picked arrangements from Rosebie’s childhood that inspired her when she founded The Real Flower Company. Her aim has always been to create bouquets brimming with freshly picked seasonal blooms and delicious natural scent in which it’s the flowers that do the talking.
HISTORY OF MOTHER'S DAY IN THE UK
Here at The Real Flower Company we have a small team of highly skilled florists based on our Hampshire farm and in our two London flower shops (on New Kings Road in Parsons Green and Chelsea Green). Each day our Hampshire florists can see at first hand what’s in season and looking its best. Most of the stems they work with have been freshly picked that morning, just a few metres from where they are lovingly hand-tied to order.
You can discover our full Mother’s Day Collection here or read on to find out more about some of the flowers that feature in the collection this year.
Rosebie is known for her love of scented English garden roses. She is often called on by the press for her expertise and this year she has been asked by RHS Chelsea Flower Show to give a guest lecture on the art of growing roses (it’s on Wednesday 20 May at 3pm if you are interested in coming along – you can buy tickets for the show here).
WHERE OUR MOTHER'S DAY ROSES COME FROM
The English rose season starts in May so for Mother’s Day our scented garden roses are homegrown in our second home – Tambuzi in Kenya. Tambuzi is our sister Fairtrade flower farm and thanks to its perfect climate and natural water supply it can grow roses throughout the year to the highest possible eco and social standards. Where possible the roses are sent over to the UK using excess space in passenger planes so they have a carbon footprint that’s a mere one-sixth of Dutch imports.
ROSES FOR MOTHER'S DAY
We find pink roses are the most popular choice for Mother’s Day. Our Mother’s Day Woodland bouquet and hatbox arrangements feature dark pink roses that symbolise thankfulness. Our beautiful warm and smoky Café Latte roses are also a popular choice – you’ll find them in abundance in our Simply Café Latte bouquet. Pale pink roses represent grace and can be found in our Pastel Pink spring posy and Simply Peony Pink arrangement.
Sweet peas are also a favourite here at The Real Flower Company and we’ll hopefully have our first stems ready in time for Mother’s Day – they are going to feature in our Rose & Sweet Pea Jewel Bouquet. All our sweet peas are our own varieties and have taken many, many years to perfect in our dedicated sweet pea nursery near Chichester. Sustainably and naturally grown, they are all wonderfully scented, with lovely long stems and lots of buds.
For us, scented English Narcissi are like spring in a jar, bringing a sense of joy and celebration. Choose from a mix of yellow and white English Narcissi in a white Burleigh hooped jug or a joyful Yellow Spring posy that mixes yellow Narcissi with yellow roses, representing joy and friendship.
This year we’ve grown more tulips on our Hampshire farm, focusing on scented varieties. Pink tulips, a symbol of happiness, feature in our Springtime Bouquet while purple tulips, used to express admiration, are hand-tied in our Mother’s Day posy.