— Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. http://www.lafayetteflorist.com/It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mom.”

Every May, we celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States, honoring one’s mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. The tradition started in 1908 when Anna Jarvis from Grafton, West Virginia, held a memorial for her mother at church. She campaigned for years to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday.

Finally in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation that designated Mother’s Day to be a national holiday to honor mothers on the second Sunday in May — this year May 8.

Mother’s Day remains one of the most traditional holidays we celebrate in the United States, with the giving of flowers and greeting cards. It’s also the biggest holiday for long-distance phone calls.

White-Carnations-for-Mothers-Day-Lafayette-Florist,-Gift-Shop-&-Garden-Center-in-Lafayette,-ColoradoChurch going adds to the day, ranking third in most attendance behind Christmas Eve and Easter. Many worshipers celebrate Mother’s Day by wearing carnations; red, pink or other colorful carnations honor those mothers who are living, while white carnations honor the memory of deceased mothers.

Rutgers University research demonstrates that the presence creates instant delight and enjoyment. The good moods last for days, and the memories can last forever.

I agree, flowers are perfect to recognize and honor moms on Mother’s Day. The timing of year is perfect. Mother Nature is there to warm the soil and announce it’s time to garden. Planting of vegetables, herbs and summer flowers is advised.

A tribute to mom can be as simple as a beautiful bouquet of daisies or the planting of a fragrant rose bush. An aging mother might enjoy a manageable trio of red geraniums in pots for her sunny patio. The gift of flowers takes many forms; there is nothing quite as powerful as a child presenting his mommy a handful of simple wildflowers he’s picked himself.

Mothers-Day-Potted-Flowers-Lafayette-Florist,-Gift-Shop-&-Garden-Center-in-Lafayette,-ColoradoMoms are nurturers, and they know and love the power of flowers. My own wonderful mother, Sharon, grew up loving farming, cultivating the earth and raising us five kids. She tended our vegetable gardens in the rich Midwest soil, then canned in the fall to ensure healthy and delicious food choices all winter. I always think there should be more than just one day to celebrate moms.

Every May, I call the local flower shop and garden center in her town and have a gift card with her name on it for her to pick out her colorful hanging baskets and blooming pots. Heck, she might even plant a Rose of Sharon, whatever she wants; she’s the best, and it’s Mother’s Day.

An Irish proverb says, “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but he loves his mother the longest.”

Celebrate and honor moms this Mother’s Day and always.