Mothering Sunday, say it with plants
In years gone by, in Britain, Mothering Sunday was a day in the year when people would travel back to their homes for large family gatherings, bearing gifts in the form of flowers and treats for their Mothers. In a world where things change so fast, it's nice to know that some much-loved traditions manage to retain their core values.
Our wish to acknowledge Mothers doesn't diminish with the generations and we continue to bestow them with plants, flowers and treats on this special day.
With an ever-increasing amount of choice, here at BBC Gardeners' World Live HQ we thought we'd help by narrowing down the search for you with a Mother's Day collection of plants that you can purchase online from a selection of our exhibitors in 2018.
We feel confident that something here will hit the spot for the special Mother in your life.
Dianthus 'Bright Eyes', £6 + P&P, Clamazag Plant Nursery. Shop now >
Carnations are the official flower of Mothering Sunday, Pinks and carnations are closely related and share the Latin name Dianthus which means ‘divine flower’. Clamazag Nursery are regular exhibitors in the BBC Gardeners' World Live Floral Marquee, and have an astonishing collection of pinks to choose from. If you're celebrating the grandmother in your life, try Dianthus 'Gran's Favourite' instead! Clamazag will be stand FM4 in the Floral Marquee in 2018.
Acer palmatum 'Little princess', £18 plus P&P, Hippopottering Nursery. Shop now >
Acers were voted by Alan Power as his Golden Jubilee Plant, as part of the BBC Two Gardeners' World search for the nation's favourite plant. And we couldn't agree more. Acer palmatum 'Little Princess' is a dwarf compact, emerging in spring a fresh green with red edges. Turning red/orange in the autumn. Reaches 1.4m (5ft) in ten years. Find Hippopottering at stand FM48 in the Floral Marquee at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2018.
Clematis 'Queen Mother', £12 plus P&P, Floyds Climbers & Clematis. Shop now >
Let's celebrate mothers like queens for the day, and treat them with this stunning clematis 'Queen Mother'. Their raspberry pink pitcher shaped flowers will grow in profusion from June to September. Growing to a height of 6 foot in any aspect. Find Floyds Climbers & Clematis in the Floral Marquee, stand FM74.
Alpine trough gift vouchers from £5, D'Arcy & Everest, Shop now >
Any visitor to BBC Gardeners' World Live will recall the stunning Gold Award winning Alpine trough displays by D'Arcy & Everest. Give your mother the chance to create her very own trough with gift vouchers, so she can choose her favourite Alpine ingredients from this family run nursery specialising in unusual alpines and sempervivums from around the world. The nursery has been established over 25 years propagating and growing all their own plants, suitable for the beginner to the collector. Find them at stand FM17 and FM29 in the Floral Marquee in 2018.
Stretocarpus, from £3.20 plus P&P, Dibleys Nurseries. Shop now >
A streptocarpus by any other name...with 100s of plants named after wonderful women, you may well find the perfect match for your mother. From Adele to Tina and with many in between (such as Matilda, Gloria, Katie and Kim), check out the A-Z of streptocarpus available at Dibleys Nurseries. In their own words "we believe it's the best selection of named varieties in the world."
Our friends at the BBC Good Food Show Summer (remember, you get free entry with every BBC Gardeners' World Live ticket!) have created their own fantastic Mother's Day gift list - so if she is a foodie, a food-shop-alcoholic or TV chef fanatic, head over to see what's made it onto their top 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas >
So there's no need to be baffled by the options, celebrate Mothering Sunday with fantastic plants from quality nurseries and look forward to giving a gift that will keep on giving.
Happy Mother's Day from all of us here at BBC Gardeners' World Live.
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