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The perfect Mother’s Day gift? Flowers, of course

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Mother’s Day is one of the top floral holidays with children gifting their mother with spring bouquets and live plants.

“Although floral sales on Valentine’s day can top Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day has competition — for example, chocolates and teddy bears — but what do you get mom for Mother’s Day? Flowers,” said Barbara Leshyn, floral design instructor for Virginia Tech’s School of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

While cut flowers bouquets are favorites, colorful annuals are also hugely popular.

“It is planting season, and everybody has the gardening bug, especially moms,” said Leshyn. “Most often, these gifts are annuals meant to give color to flower beds and for building decorative pots.”

Favorites include geraniums, impatiens, hydrangea, coleus, snap dragons, celosia and marigolds.

With cut flowers, children can select choices that are very personalized.

“Roses, carnations, lilies and peonies are historic favorites, but tulips, orchids and Gerbera daisies are definitely in the running, too,” said Leshyn.

Tips for helping cut flowers last longer

  • Use a vase that is the proper size for your flowers. Height and the size of the mouth of the container are important. You want your flowers to sit a good two inches above the rim of your vase. The wider the mouth of the vase, the more flowers you will need to fill it.
  • Following the directions on the flower food packet, mix and fill your vase with water.
  • Remove all the leaves that would be below the rim of your vase.
  • Using garden pruners, not scissors, cut the stems at a sharp angle before you place your flowers in the vase.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.