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Talking Flowers // March

Welcome to Talking Flowers' Mother's Day Preview Special, where we look at the origins of this heart-warming occasion and help you make it super special for your mother in Mother's Day Made Easy.

We've also gathered some fantastic writing on the wonder of mothers for you, inspirational words to use in your cards this year, just click through to our Mother's Day Poetry and Quotes. There's a mix of wisdom and love from classic poets like Christina Rossetti and modern voices like Sophia Loren.

This month's Flowercard People Award goes to a very special lady, recently made a great-grandmother, so a more than worthy winner in this Mother's Day Special issue.

And March's Made with Love is an adorable craft tutorial on how to make the cutest little crochet flowers. Perfect for trimming up a hat, cushion or bag.

Don't forget Talking Flowers is your magazine, so do get involved. If you've any ideas, comments or contributions please send them in through our new, dedicated email address: talkingflowers@flowercard.co.uk

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IN BLOOM: MOTHER'S DAY MADE EASY

Falling on the 4th Sunday in lent (this year, April 3rd 2011) the origins of Mothering Sunday go back several hundred years.

During the sixteenth century it was thought important that people return to their Mother Church on this particular Sunday for a special service to honour the Virgin Mary. They would travel to their large local church, or most likely the nearest cathedral. Anyone who did this was said to have gone "a mothering".

By Victorian times, this tradition had become a day off for domestic servants to visit their Mother Church, and in turn go home to see their friends and families. For the most part, this would mean girls working as maids (sometimes as young as 10) could return home to see their families after months of separation.

Today this tradition focuses on honouring our mothers, and we put time aside to visit them, telephone and send a card with a gift, usually a bouquet of flowers.

And of course Flowercard is delighted to keep the tradition going, because as you may know, we specialise in sending fresh flowers and a card in one, with a personal message printed on it too!

This year, for the first time, we will be adding new premium bouquets to your Mother's Day choices launching on 14th March. Large and lavish, they're ready to display in a clever box with the greeting card attached to the front!

Here is your VIP sneak peak on the new Mother's Day Bouquet range:

Hot Pink & Perfect is a classic bouquet full of ruffled carnations and sumptuous roses, all in delicious shades of hot pink to match its stunning wrappings and ribbon.

Peaches & Cream is as impressive as it is simple, a creation that mingles dainty baby's breath with fresh pink roses for sophisticated and subtle colours that will look incredible on any mantelpiece.

Violets & Sunbeams Bouquet is master class in floral contrast with fresh yellow roses with vivid blue iris, sure to light up her face - literally and emotionally!

But lovely as the bouquets are, let's not forget our traditional Flowercards, with 10 new Mother's Day designs coming soon alongside tried and tested favourites, giving you so many ways to delight your mother on April 3rd.

Look out for new stunning paper-cut cards for Mother's Day. And speaking of which, say hello to Mother's Day Lace with paper-cut words and flowers forming a peek-a-boo window on pretty pink petals.

Viva la Violet is always sure to please, as it's our best selling Flowercard and we'll have a new version just for Mother's Day. Prettily festooned with freesias, and who doesn't love their sweet fragrance? Or take a look at Berry Butterflies and Heart of Gold, incredibly popular choices for their stunning cards and sculptural arrangements.

And if your mum loves purples and lilacs, she'll adore How Berry Mum! with its pretty all-new gerbera arrangement and delightful watercolour card.

The Flower Fashionista: Mother's Day Poetry and Quotes

Find the right words to make your Mother's Day card truly special can be tricky. To help you out we've selected some wonderful poems and quotes about mothers, for you to inspire your cards.

God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.
Jewish Proverb

Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of "Mother"

Edgar Allen Poe (1849)

I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine - she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights.
Terri Guillemets

To-day's your natal day,
Sweet flowers I bring;
Mother, accept, I pray,
My offering.
And may you happy live,
And long us bless;
Receiving as you give
Great happiness.

Christina Rossetti (1842) (her first recorded poem, written at the age of 11)

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
Sophia Loren

Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.
Moorish Proverb

Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.
Emily Dickinson

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and
sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity;
when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when
trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour
by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of
darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

Washington Irving

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.

George Cooper

A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, "where mother is."
Keith L. Brooks

If I was damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o' mine, O mother o'mine.

Rudyard Kipling

Women know
The way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
Irish Proverb

A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
Victor Hugo

FLOWERCARD PEOPLE

And it's no surprise that a truly wonderful Mother has been picked for our latest Flowercard People Award, in honour of Mother's Day.

Josephine Ashley is the special lady in question, nominated by her daughter Jane Veal. Here's a photo of Josephine with her first great grandchild, congratulations one and all!

Jane told us why her mum, Josephine, is so special:

"My father died suddenly last year, after 61 years of marriage it was very hard for Mum to carry on. They had been wonderful parents. They looked after me and my children following my brush with cancer and Mum continues to "be there" even though we should be looking after her. She's inspirational. At 84 she's recently mastered a mobile phone and regularly texts us all. She keeps my son, 15, well fed with rock cakes and writes every week to my daughter at Uni in Canada which means SO much. We LOVE her."

What a wonderful mum, grandmother and now great grandmother, soon to be the proud recipient of our pretty Freesia Dreams card!

If you know someone like Josephine who deserves a Flowercard, why not nominate them for a Flowercard People Award? Every month we'll select a winner to receive your choice of Flowercard, with your personal message on the front, for FREE. Even if they don't win this month, they'll still go back into the draw, to be considered again and again.

So what are the qualities we'll be looking for in our Flowercard People Award?

Well, that's up to you! Maybe people who always think of others, individuals who've stayed strong through difficult times, friends who've shown courage, kindness, selflessness and determination. You tell us by nominating them.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR FREE FLOWERCARD NOMINATION

  • Please tell us the full name of your nominee, and describe why they deserves a FREE Flowercard in no more than 100 words.
  • Be sure to include your full name too, and daytime phone number for us to contact you should your nomination win.
  • Send your nomination in an email to our NEW dedicated address talkingflowers@flowercard.co.uk and please type "Flowercard Award Nomination" in the subject line.
  • Please read the Flowercard Award Terms and Conditions

MADE WITH LOVE

Aren't these sweet? Fabulous little crochet flowers for you to make, and the craft blogger behind them assures us this is a very simple pattern to follow.

We can see them turned into fashionable brooches (just buy a small brooch back from your local craft supplier) or stitched onto hats, bags and cushions to make them absolutely adorable and one of a kind.

Read the full tutorial at Lucy's lovely blog, Attic 24.

COMING SOON

In next month's issue we'll be looking at the chrysanthemum, a favourite among florists for its ruffled beauty. Look out for April's Flowercard People Award.

And we'll also get fragrant with a feature on bringing flower fragrances into our home - aside from a fresh bouquet - from oil burners to candles to pot pourri or diffusers. And we'll get crafty with homemade lace covered lanterns, as pretty as our paper cut cards!

Don't forget to pop back online on 14th March to order your Mother's Day cards and bouquets now you've had a sneak preview!

TALKING FLOWERS ARCHIVE

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