Flowers are not only prized for their beauty and fragrance, they’ve been used to carry hidden messages for centuries. Give an extra thoughtful gift this Mother’s Day (Sunday 30 March) by letting the petals do the talking. Here’s our guide to decoding what those blooms have to say, and some accompanying gift ideas…
The purple Iris might be Miss Popular, but the flower is available in a rainbow of colours with over 200 varieties. Personifying the rainbow, the Greek goddess Iris is the namesake of the bloom and was said to be a messenger between heaven and earth.
Meaning: Faith, hope and wisdom
Give the gift of: Crabtree & Evelyn’s Iris Triple Milled Soap to leave skin super soft and scented.
In Thai culture the Jasmine flower represents motherhood and is symbolic of a mother’s selfless virtue to give life to her children. The flower is given as a traditional gift on Mother’s Day in Thailand, which is celebrated on the Queen’s birthday (12 August).
Meaning: Love, modesty, attachment
Give the gift of: A new fragrance for spring in the form of our enchanting Old World Jasmine Flower Water.
Lily of the Valley
The woodland dwelling flower is associated with motherhood. According to Christian legend, when Eve was driven from the Garden of Eden, Lilies of the Valley grew where her tears fell. It’s no mistake that the flowers hang very much like a teardrops.
Meaning: Humility, purity, the return of happiness
Give the gift of: Top-to-toe pampering with our Lily Ultimate Luxuries Gift Set.
Sculptural and robust in form, the magnolia flower is associated with splendour and magnificence. Interestingly, it does not have true petals, but complex structures called ‘tepals’. In China the magnolia flower is the symbol for beautiful women.
Meaning: Beauty, perseverance, dignity
Give the gift of: Silky soft, sweet smelling hands with C&E’s new Pear and Pink Magnolia Hand Therapy. As Part of our Buy it with Love campaign, we will be donating £1 to Breast Cancer Care for selected hand care products sold in store and online (until 31 March).