DandelionGirlWhen I was a little girl I remember picking dandelions, bringing them inside the house and presenting them to my mom with such pride. She would smile as only a mother can, touched by the simple gesture. She would make a big fuss, getting a vase out of the cabinet and arranging those few straggly flowers as if they were exotic orchids. As I became a little older, I graduated to the neighbor’s rose bush where I would select a few blooms to again present to mom.

Looking back, it’s so very interesting that even as small children we instinctively gravitated to flowers when it came to showing love and affection. We learned from experience that whenever we gave someone flowers, they were happy and it made us feel special. We felt like “heroes.” Through the experiences of our youth, we learned that flowers brought radiating smiles to the faces of those we cared about. Whether it was a single bloom or lovely bouquet, the reaction was the same, complete and spontaneous joy.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to once again present mom, grandma or any special lady in your life with flowers to show you care. The really nice thing about Mother’s Day is that it arrives on the heels of spring with so many lovely flowers readily available. Peonies, lilac, lisianthus, hydrangea, tulips and of course roses fill the local flower shops just ready to create that very special bouquet.

Lush purples, lavenders and pinks are often the colors chosen for Mother’s Day bouquets, but the sky’s the limit and whatever colors your mom loves are the right colors.

Your choice might be a collection of lilac and hydrangea accented with spiral eucalyptus, which is fragrant and modern.

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Or an arrangement containing stock, lisianthus, hyacinth and roses also accented with eucalyptus with a totally different style, or possibly a more contemporary design containing tulips and snapdragon accented with roses and carnations.

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Quite often one of these varieties are her very favorite and I guarantee she will still remember those days of dandelions and garden weeds and will receive your “grown-up” offering of beautiful blooms with the same big smile you so fondly remember.

Flowers are fun and make people happy both on the receiving end as well as the giving. But there are even greater benefits to receiving flowers, especially for older moms. Research from Rutgers University showed seniors who received flowers were less depressed, more social and had better recent memory than seniors who did not have flowers. What a simple way to make the lives better of those you love by giving flowers.

I am an adult now and long past the collection of dandelions, but as a mother and now grandmother myself, I have not forgotten how important flowers have been to me. Every chance I get, I like to share that experience with others. Making people happy is a wonderful thing and doing it with flowers is the best ever as no reward is greater than a glowing smile.