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With the days counting down until Mother s Day, you might be wondering what to get for your mother or wife. Flowers are always a lovely gift, and regardless of your mother's tastes or preferences, you're sure to find an arrangement that's perfect, especially if you browse online flower delivery sites for inspiration.

Traditional floral arrangements are always safe and often are truly welcome. If the traditional route is what mom really likes, go for it and buy that classic bouquet of red roses.

However, if you want to jazz things up a bit for that special woman, why not try a floral design that is a little bit different this year? Why not send her flowers with a highly personal touch? Mom might be thrilled to get something really new and unexpected.

One fun and unusual gesture would be to use the flower of your mother s birth month. Much like birthstone gems, each month is associated with a particular flower, and you could give her a bouquet of those blossoms. Order your mother s birth flower in several different color variations to add some accent color to the arrangement. It is a fresh and joyful way of celebrating her and honoring her.

There are some variations of birth-month flowers, depending on who is compiling the list. Below, however, is the standard flower list prepared by aboutflowers.com and sponsored by the Society of American Florists:

  • January   Carnation
  • February   Iris, Violet
  • March   Daffodil
  • April   Daisy, Peonies
  • May   Lily, Lily of the Valley
  • June   Rose
  • July   Delphinium
  • August   Dahlia, Gladiolus
  • September   Aster, Forget-me-not
  • October   Marigold
  • November   Chrysanthemum
  • December   Poinsettia, Holly, Narcissus, Paperwhite

If this approach is a bit too much for your budget   out-of-season flowers can add up   then how about another birth-month-related gift? Choose a floral arrangement that reflects the color of your mom s birthstone and go with that.

Here is a list of birthstones approved by the American National Retail Jewelers Association:

  • January   Garnet
  • February   Amethyst
  • March   Aquamarine
  • April   Diamond
  • May   Emerald
  • June   Pearl
  • July   Ruby
  • August   Peridot
  • September   Sapphire
  • October   Opal
  • November   Citrine
  • December   Turquoise

Before clicking  Buy  on an online flower delivery service, you might think a bit about your mother s life and history. She probably would be delighted if you got her a bouquet of flowers that reminds her of a cherished memory or one of the happiest times in her life.

Maybe she has fond memories of the lilacs that grew outside her own mother s house when she was young. Maybe she went to a dance as a teenager with a glorious orchid or gardenia pinned in her hair. She may even have gotten a bouquet of daisies when you were born. If you do a little homework and choose wisely, this could be the most memorable Mother s Day ever.

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