By ELLEN LEWIS
For me, though my mom has been gone for over 30 years, Mother’s Day remains a floral reminiscence. For as long as I can remember, on this holiday, I gave her a single yellow rose, her favorite. My mother loved gardens. After my parents sold our family home, she was always pilfering from mine: bouquets of tulips, daffodils, forsythia, peonies and of course my roses. After she died, I planted two flowering pear trees in my yard: one in her honor, the other for my newborn son with whom I was pregnant when she passed on. She was fierce about keeping floral arrangements fresh. Even when she was fading she would demand that I purge limp blooms from vases in her hospital room. Perhaps this influence is why I am sitting here at my computer in my Mexican home while the gardeners strip my yard of vegetation for the 3rd time since I moved here 6 years ago. I have learned the hard way that the greenery of desire doesn’t always thrive in the reality of place. This is a tropical desert environment and this time, I intend to get it right. We’re adding stones, collected coral, and beach blooms anchored by palms. The ocean is prevalent here. I am creating my own version of earthly delights.
This brings me to Ellipse Lingerie and their stunning spring presentation of robes and pajamas, perfect gifts for the garden loving mother. The Explorer (blue) and Natural (white) collections captured my imagination for their beautifully wrought print designs. Fitting S-XL and constructed in a silky knit microfiber these robes are soft, comfortable and nurturing. Designed, developed and produced in Columbia, they are typical offerings of this 35 year old female run company. Ellipse, steered by its 83 year old matriarch, is a garden of Intimates: gorgeous bridal, sleep and underwear worthy of any woman, mother or not.