Here, in the United Kingdom, it is Mothering Sunday this coming Sunday, 26th March. Traditionally, it is always the middle Sunday of Lent and was the time when sons and daughters in domestic service would return home with a gift for their Mothers. The gift showed off some of the new skills that they were learning in their job. Boys often brought a bit of leather or metal work and girls a cake, which is where the idea of the Simnel Cake, more usually eaten at Easter, came from.
Nowadays, we often give flowers and chocolates rather than a cake and a poker but this can be quite expensive so over the next few days I'm going to share some more frugal options.
If you are going to be visiting your Mother some time around Mothering Sunday a planted basket filled with plug plants from the local garden centre will be cheaper than the traditional bouquet and last a lot longer. You could even plant up a hanging basket, so Mum has something to enjoy all Summer.
This week at the garden centre compost, plants and baskets were on special offer so you could put together a little basket for less than £5 and a larger one for less than £10. Much cheaper than buying a bouquet.
Of course, you could also make your own bouquet from the beautiful Spring flowers in your garden and tell your Mum and that you had made it especially for her ! Even cheaper and really special !
If you can't be with your Mum on the day then a homemade card featuring flowers can also be a lovely, gesture !