Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers here who are celebrating officially and Happy Mother's Day to you Mom. It seems that it is tradition to give your mother daffodils here in the UK, a fact which has been made difficult this year with the cold weather causing a shortage of the cheery yellow flowers. And, well, it's a bit hard for me to give flowers to you anyway. So, what I will do is amass some pictures of flowers for you. This will be my way of saying extra thank you to you today.
Here are some British Daffodils for you. Some from Grassington and some from Roundhay Park.
Now that I have given you these daffodils I have realized that flowers from England are not enough. I need to travel the world to select the best and brightest flowers for your bouquet.
Some of them I got to share with you in person, like these from Berkeley.
Some flowers I had to travel further afield to find. I had to go to Rome to find these for you.
I then came home for a rest and found these yellow flowers amongst the ruins of Whitby Abbey.
Back in Leeds I picked these for you on campus and out in my favorite thinking place.
In Hebden Bridge I made sure roses grew on a trellis for you, lavender graced your windowsill and yellow flowers bloomed by your gate.
Then I went to Italy all the way out to Hadrian's Villa to pick you some lovely red poppies to give you a bit more colour variety.
These yellow wildflowers next to the ancient ruined frescoes were too lovely to leave behind. So I brought those home for you too. After all it was you who taught me to see beauty in the tiny forgotten things.
While I was in the area I stopped over by Villa D'Este to get a few blooms for you. They suited you too, happy and cheerful. The sort of flowers that just remind me of you.
Speaking of tiny overlooked yet beautiful things, these poppies in Pompeii couldn't be appreciated better by anybody else.
Nor could the beauty of a vivid dragonfly against an orange flower.
And very few people would stop to admire the red hibiscus flowers that dropped red petals on red tiles next to this red bench in the heart of Benalmadena, Spain. But I know you would.
Finally I made one last stop. I went to Paris to find you the last most necessary flowers. I needed to find you some lilacs and I did find them in this garden.
Happy Mother's Day Mom. I love you.