With its fuzzy plumes of marzipan scented blossoms, mimosa has been having a moment for a few years now.
Available for a few months in the early Spring, the mimosa flower is traditionally given to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, with the branches representing the strength of women beneath the appearance of a delicate fuzz of flowers.
Whilst mimosa has become particularly popular in recent years, it's association with IWD actually started in around 1946 in Italy as part of the celebrations for Festa della Donna. In a tradition that is still alive and kicking, the flowers were given as a symbol of respect and appreciation.
It was a favourite subject for painter Pierre Bonnard, featuring in many of his landscape, portraits and domestic scenes, the warm yellow fuzz lends itself beautifully to Bonnard's Post-Impressionist style.
For the brunch fans amongst you, it's perhaps no surprise that the sweet frothy fizz of orange and champagne gets it name from this very flower!