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A very flowery tradition – Mothering Sunday (as opposed to Mother’s Day)

Every year we get phone calls from our customers to remind us that the mid Sunday in Lent is not Mother’s Day – it is indeed “Mothering Sunday” We do try and remember the correct term of course but the main thing is both the American version and the UK version are basically a celebration of Mums. By the way the US version – Mother’s Day is much easier to remember really – it is the second Sunday in May, and that day was chosen as the woman who campaigned for the tribute was Anna Jarvis (1864 – 1948) whose own mother had died on May 9th. Our own Mothering Sunday was started long before this – around 400 years ago people made a point on the second Sunday in Lent to visit their nearest big Church or Cathedral – the Mother Church. People who went back to their main church would say they had gone “a mothering.” Later when young people were “in service” working in The Manor House or Mansion (think Downton Abbey) they were often only allowed one day a year to visit their families. This was often Mothering Sunday. They would make their way home often taking a Simnel Cake (for Easter) and flowers which were often picked on the way home and made into a posy – a Tussy Mussy or Nosegay. This makes sending flowers to your Mum a lovely way to say thanks and to show your appreciation, whilst keeping a tradition that has been going for many many years. It’s true in modern life it’s not always practical to walk over the fields back to your home picking and making a posy! – but we do have a lovely alternative. We will put together a very beautiful modern posy or bouquet designed and made in our farm floristry using all British Natural Blooms. We’ll hand tie it, wrap it and add a customised card from you and send it on a next day delivery direct from our farm to your Mum wherever she lives within the UK.

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the lovely bouquet of flowers that you sent to my daughter today. She's been shielding since February so these made her day. She was delighted that there were no lilies in the flowers as she suffers with hayfever. Thank you - Helen P

Just to say a lovely thank you for the beautiful arrangement of flowers for the funeral sheaf I ordered for my fathers funeral. He was 91 and always interested in the environment and wildflowers. The arrangement was just perfect. Many thanks once again - Magda B

My family arranged for you to deliver flowers for my birthday last Monday and I have to say that they are the best flowers I have ever received! After a week they are still looking amazing and are likely to do so for several days yet. Thank you very much! - Mary B