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When it comes to Mother’s Day gifting, flowers are a fairly safe bet. But did you know that the blooms you pick say a lot about both giver and receiver? Before you blindly pluck an off-the-shelf bouquet or worse, start eyeing up the roadside daffodils, better stop and smell the roses.

Ted caught up with London-based VICTORIA FLOWERS for some pointers on petals. Being both a mother and a florist makes her an authority on botanical gift-giving, and she kindly agreed to give Ted a lesson on the Victorian meanings behind flowers. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to weed out any inappropriate picks and make a meaningful floral tribute to mum.



This heavily layered bloom is not unlike the classic pink rose, but its two-tone petals makes it a distinctive alternative. Across multiple cultures and generations, ranunculi are synonymous with charm and attractiveness. In the Victorian language of flowers, these will remind mum of her beauty, both inside and out.




The delicate freesia is one of the most symbolic. The white variety is a wedding favourite representing innocence and purity, but they’re also given as a thank you to someone who has performed gracefully under pressure. Additionally, the freesia represented trust in Victorian times. Back then, flowers often carried secret messages that daren’t be spoken.




The pink rose has been huge since the Victorian era, when flora was used as a means of expression when words were too forthcoming. The meanings behind pink buds range from adoration and gratitude to respect, making them a popular exchange between couples. Approach the pink larkspur with caution: this was a sign of foolishness and fleeting fancies!




For all her love, care and graft, the greatest gift you could ever give your mum is a sincere thank you. The lisianthus has many meanings, from convincing someone of your charisma to symbolising a lifelong bond between couples. Most significantly, they express gratitude and appreciation. And who deserves the nod more than mum?