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Floral Message of Love
By Lynn Kirkland

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Herb of the Week for 11th May

Floral Message of Love
By Lynn Kirkland

The day to salute our Mums is this Sunday and if the marketing people have had their way some Mums will be opening up presents of big televisions or vacuum cleaners or diamond rings!
For those who want a simpler approach how about a genuine message of love such as a handmade card or breakfast in bed or a posy from the garden?
Throughout history flowers have been regarded as gestures of romance or loving thoughts.
The rose has to be the flower that is most associated with love and if you check out a book on the language of flowers you will even find that different colours of roses have different meanings.
Red roses are usually the ones associated with romance.
To me a rose like the one in the photo, Moonlight, is a lovely salutation to mothers.
The creamy colour reminds of pure love which mums give to their children whatever age they are.
The delicate scent is, like a mothers love, gentle and persistent.
This rose flowers throughout each season, making it a joy to have in the garden giving pleasure nearly all year.
It does make it tricky to prune as it always seems hard to prune plants when they are still producing blooms.
Our Moonlight bushes at the herb farm are about two metres high and get a light pruning later in the year.
The creamy coloured flowers are a lovely feature of this rose as is the bronze foliage.
A healthy rose bush which needs no attention really apart from the attention you give it on admiring it in your garden.
Why not pick Mum some flowers and write a lovely heartfelt message and I am sure it will be appreciated by your Mum.
I salute my own beautiful mother who, now in her eighties, continues to love her children, grandchildren and great grand children with unconditional love.
Happy Mothers Day to all Mums everywhere.

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