Let Your Flowers Do The Talking: What Your Mother’s Day Bouquet Might Say

There are only two days left until Mother’s Day! Have you gotten your mom something nice? Or are you a proscrastinater who’ll be getting online any minute to order a flower arrangement?

It’s ok if that’s what you’re doing. Your mom will love the flowers no matter when you ordered them. Heck, if she’s like me, she’ll love a handful of wilted dandelions if they’re presented with that amazing sincere look my son gets when he gives them to me. But even though your mom will love any flowers, that doesn’t mean any kind of flower is actually appropriate.

Did you know flowers, and herbs for that matter, have meanings? It’s a Victorian-era tradition where people sent flowers as code to express their feelings. And since, in Victorian times, the feelings being expressed weren’t always “I’m sorry I forgot our anniversary” there’s quite a lot of variety in what flowers mean.

Some flowers are perfect for mom. Others? Not so much. Click through to find out what your Mother’s Day bouquet might really be saying!

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  • Buttercup 2 of 11
    buttercup

    Buttercup stands for riches. It's a nice sentiment but maybe Mom would like some pretty earrings if riches are what you're going for?

    Source: Wikipedia

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  • Lily of the Valley 3 of 11
    Lily of the valley

    These classic flowers might be the perfect message for Mother's Day. They mean "sweetness."

    Source: Old Farmer's Almanac

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  • Pansy 4 of 11
    Pansy

    If you want to send an enigmatic message, try some pansies. These purple beauties simply mean "thoughts." 

    Source: Old Farmer's Alamac

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  • Tulip 5 of 11
    Tulips

    Tulips are a hubba-hubba flower, signifying romantic love. Red for undying love, purple for forever love, white for one-sided love, and yellow for hopeless love. No matter what color, they're not really kid-to-mom love. So, maybe save the tulips for your sweetie at Valentine's Day.

    Source: Wikipedia

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  • Sweetpea 6 of 11
    Sweetpea

    Sweetpea means "you have my thanks." So, not only is this a pretty flower for Mom, it says just the right thing!

    Source: Wikipedia

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  • Snapdragon 7 of 11
    Snapdragon

    Snapdragons are a new favorite of mine after discovering them at the preschool plant sale. Or they were until I found out they mean "presumptuous." Um, not what I want anyone to think of me!

    Source: Aboutflowers.com

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  • Nasturtium 8 of 11
    nasturtium

    If your mom is a Yankee Doodle Dandy, some nasturtium might be the perfect flower. It means "patriotic!"

    Source: Aboutflowers.com

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  • Carnation 9 of 11
    Carnation

    Pink carnations mean "a mother's love". Too bad that in modern times carnations are considered entry level flowers!

    Source: Wikipedia

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  • Roses 10 of 11
    Roses

    Roses are a classic and red ones by themselves mean romantic love. But add some white into the mix and it means "unity". Sounds like a great way of telling Mom you have her back!

    Source: Aboutflowers.com

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  • Rhododendron 11 of 11
    Rhododendron

    My mom loves rhododendrons and envies my lush rhododendron bushes. However, she might change her tune if she knew they mean "beware!"

    Source: Aboutflowers.com

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