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Say thanks with flowers during May

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During the month of May, there's a lot of reasons to celebrate. School ends for many students in May. Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

Teacher Appreciation Week is the first week in May, celebrated this year from May 5-9. On Tuesday, May 6, many schools will hold special events for Teacher Appreciation Day.

Nurses are also in the spotlight during the first week of May. National Nurses Week is always observed May 6-12 to honor the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, on May 12. May 6 is National Nurses Day.

Flowers are the perfect gift for all of these occasions. As parents, one of the lessons we teach our children is appreciation for others. Show your appreciation with flowers.

Neither teachers nor nurses receive the accolades they deserve. The professions of nursing and teaching require long hours and study to earn a degree, followed by long hours and study to maintain certification.

Mothers are on duty 24/7 for their families. There's always more to do than hours in the day when you're a mom. Hard work is rewarded with more to do, but most moms take it all in stride, enjoying the gift of motherhood.

Teaching, nursing and mothering are all related professions. Doing for others, helping others and caring for others are what teachers, nurses and moms do best.

Reward the hard work, dedication and love of those who serve others this month with flowers. As spring heats up during May, the season is right for planting annuals and flowering bushes and trees.

Here are some flowers to show your appreciation for all of your child's teachers, the nurses who touch your life and that special woman you call Mom.

Annual Flowers
Annual Flowers Sandy Wallace

Annual Flowers

Visit any greenhouse, farmers market or home supply store in the spring and you'll find all colors and sizes of annual flowers ready for late spring planting. Small pots of annuals are perfect gifts for Teacher Appreciation Day, National Nurses Day or Mother's Day.

Roses say Love
Roses say Love Sandy Wallace

Roses say Love

Roses have long been associated with love. Spring is the perfect time to plant rose bushes for beautiful flowers all summer. Whether you choose antique heritage roses or newer varieties that offer repeat blooming, roses show love and appreciation. 

Hanging Baskets
Hanging Baskets Sandy Wallace

Hanging Baskets

As Mother's Day draws near, you'll find hanging baskets of flowers everywhere. Although the prettiest baskets can be found at greenhouses and farmers markets, you'll also find them in grocery and home supply stores.

Cut Bouquet of Flowers
Cut Bouquet of Flowers Sandy Wallace

Cut Bouquet of Flowers

Whether you order flowers online or cut them from your garden, a cut bouquet of flowers is the perfect way to grace a table during May. Pick up small vases at the dollar store and bring vases of cut flowers to the newborn nursery at your local hospital to brighten the day of the nurses on duty. Take a vase of flowers to your child's teacher on Teacher Appreciation Day and you'll make her day.

Flowering Tree
Flowering Tree Sandy Wallace

Flowering Tree

Dogwoods and other flowering trees offer color and beauty to the yard. Spring is a good time to plant trees. Give the gift of a tree to your graduate to remember the special day. Flowering trees are also great gifts for moms, nurses or teachers.

Hydrangeas Bring an Endless Summer
Hydrangeas Bring an Endless Summer Sandy Wallace

Hydrangeas Bring an Endless Summer

Hydrangeas and other summer flowering bushes bring an endless summer to the yard or patio. Let your child choose the perfect color bush for his teacher and surprise her on Teacher Appreciation Day.

Azaleas Bloom Every Spring
Azaleas Bloom Every Spring Sandy Wallace

Azaleas Bloom Every Spring

Azaleas bloom in spring. Although some varieties have finished blooming, others are in full bloom now. With so many colors and sizes to choose from, you're sure to pick the perfect azalea.

Lilies add Beauty to the Yard
Lilies add Beauty to the Yard Sandy Wallace

Lilies add Beauty to the Yard

Lilies are the flowers of summer. Since they grow from bulbs, they return every year. Lilies come in a variety of colors and sizes to suit every taste. Visit your local home and garden store to find a lily to suit everyone on your list in May.

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