A Northern Ireland florist says flowers are still the best of the bunch for Mother’s Day

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Penny Hamilton, owner of Penelope Flowers in Belfast

What’s the best gift for Mother’s Day? You can’t go wrong with the flowers.

Whether it’s a pretty bouquet or a lavish bouquet, flowers rarely disappoint (unless it’s a sorry bouquet bought from a garage).

Florist Penny Hamilton, 46, says Mother’s Day is undoubtedly her busiest time of the year.

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Florist Penny Hamilton said people are opting for colorful bouquets

“People think Valentine’s Day would be our busiest day, but Mother’s Day is the most important event on our calendar.”

The custom of Mother’s Day dates back to the Middle Ages, when people who had moved away from where they grew up were allowed to return to visit their “mother” homes or churches, and their mothers, on the fourth Sunday of Lent. .

At the time, it was not uncommon for children to leave home to work as young as 10, so it was an opportunity for families to come together. It has become Mother’s Sunday. As the dates of Lent vary each year, so does the date of Mother’s Sunday.

“This year, Mother’s Day is quite late in March, so people are looking for beautiful spring flowers,” says Penny, owner of Penelope Flowers in Belfast.

“Tulips are always a big hit, as are roses and ranunculus, which are huge right now.”

And where once people wanted a consistent color for their Mother’s Day bouquet, Penny has now noticed a change in tastes.

“Everyone wants a colorful bouquet now. For years it was always pastel or white, and now customers want something bright and colorful. I think people just crave color.

Penny thinks the pandemic has made people appreciate their mothers more and they show their love with flowers.

“This time last year was very, very different. We weren’t even offering click and collect, you had to have your flowers delivered. People were desperate to get a message to their mother, because maybe they couldn’t go see her or were trying to protect their elderly parents.

“We had to deliver everything and you could see, even before Mother’s Day, people were sending flowers to their mums.

“We have also noticed that spending on bouquets has increased. If you really want to show someone how much you really care about them, you think about the best, biggest, greatest thing you can send them. They would also send a candle with the bouquet or a plant and a bouquet. They just wanted more than they normally would have sent.

But Penny, who is a mum-of-two herself, said she does not receive flowers on Mother’s Day.

“I just bring my own flowers home when I need them,” she laughs.

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