Mothering Sunday and a Mahonia

Happy Mothering Sunday Mum!

Mothering Sunday

In the UK today is Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday – the traditional day to return to your home town and present a posy to your Mum. Well, it will have to be a virtual posy I’m afraid.


I chose this Mahonia, as it is such a lovely intense golden yellow when the sun shines on it and it smells so sweet and honey-like. These pictures are from last year, as it is taking its time to flower this spring.

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Hope the sun is shining for you all!

23 thoughts on “Mothering Sunday and a Mahonia

  1. I love the idea of presenting posy to mothers on such a special day. What a lovely tradition, Cathy. I’m sure you would love to see your mum in person, but this is a lovely way to honor her. ANd I love this bloom! I’m not at all familiar with Mahonia but it is so beautiful and cheery! 🙂

    • Mahonias would most likely not like your climate as they flower in winter/early spring. They grow like weeds all over the garden. The scent attracts the bees as soon as they open. 🙂 They have quite prickly leaves, but the flowers are their redeeming feature!
      Have a great Sunday Debra!

  2. A most cheerful flower Cathy but the prickles look lethal 🙂 My mum is not computer savvy which is a shame so my greetings were conveyed by a card and a phone call. Rather grey here today but there was the odd appearance of the sun. Hope that you have had a good weekend.

    • The prickles are the negative side I admit, and I try to avoid prickly plants in general, but the bees have persuaded us to keep the Mahonia which spreads everywhere here, and the berries when ripe will disappear within a day!

  3. Your photo of mahonia is lovely. Mahonia unfortunately is invasive in my garden, here in southeaster US; I have had to pull many seedlings out. It really hurt when I also dug out mature specimens. They are so pretty! Happy Mother’s day!

    • It verges on invasive here, seeding itself very freely, but if the bees like it i can put up with a bit too much. I sympathise with the pain when digging out prickly things; we have some Berberis and ornamental Flowering Quince that I just can’t get out the ground and every year I get scratched trying to remove it! Thanks for visiting Deb!

  4. I once fell foul of the different dates used for Mother’s Day in the UK and in the US. When I lived in California for a few years I had no idea that the date was different in the two countries. This meant I missed the March UK date and was almost disinherited by my mother!!

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