Flowers for Mum

Article originally published by: Kiwi Gardener

With Mother’s Day on the horizon, a freshly-picked bouquet is a great gift from the heart.

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to celebrate the important people in your life, those who guide, share, care and support you.

Something home-grown or, better still, home-made is always precious and special, and there is something about making or baking something for mothers that connects us with both the kitchen and the garden.

Rather than splurging out on bouquets and posies from a florist, consider making your own for Mum this year. It is something with which you could get the kids involved, too. Set them up to make some sand saucers while you wander around the garden, and pick whatever seasonal flowers you have in bloom.


Hydrangeas – one flower head can be separated out into dozens of little flowers. Pansies and violas, daisies, lavender and dianthus.


Roses are still blooming, too, while the sasanqua camellias are fully open. Hydrangeas are standing proud, along with Japanese anemones.

The large flowers of rich blue Scabiosa caucasica ‘Fama’ are a constant cut flower for me at the moment. This hardy perennial produces long stems of blooms throughout summer and autumn. As a cut flower it lasts for nearly a fortnight. If you like a touch of blue, add this one to must-have list.

Our garden is packed with masses of pink and white nerines. These nuggety autumn bulbs last for a couple of weeks in a vase – just try to pick them before they fully open.


Claudia, my mother, loves flowers. Her favourite colours are any shade of blue, reds and pinks and tones of yellow and gold. Not many people can wear the rich-textured hues of gold and bronze, but my mum can. This posy just sings about who she is.

The big frilly heads of the blue hydrangeas look wonderful against the contrasting golden mustard tones of the cypress conifer and lemon sedums. Foliage is used sparingly. The bold lolly-pink nerines add a special bright spark that only autumn bulbs can do. They are teamed up with a couple of pink roses and the velvet red cockscomb.