Pardon me as we have a slight departure from my normal posts. I’m cross-posting a Gather article I wrote, listing some ideas for garden-themed Mother’s Day gifts. Enjoy!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and working retail in the plant business, it’s on the mind of many of the people in my department. I’ve compiled a list of gardeny gift ideas. Maybe this list will be of help to some of you!
Flowers seem kind of typical, but instead of ordering a cut arrangement, perhaps think about getting the moms in your life a living plant. Even for people without a green thumb, there are a lot of really easy-to-care-for plants that can stand some abuse and neglect. And some are even helpful!
An aloe plant, for instance, is easy, and useful. The goo inside the leaves can be used on burns and dry skin and the like. Many other houseplants are equally as undemanding– for most, some water and a bit of sunlight on a windowsill will be enough. I keep a small begonia in a pot on my desk, near the window but not right up against it, and it does great as they are shade loving plants. I’ve had it for years!
If you’re going for a larger plant, there are also a lot of choices. Roses tend to come to mind, and there are so many varieties– besides the typical pinks and reds, there are yellows, oranges, and mixes of many colors. (And hot tip– Lowe’s is having a sale; 1.5 gallon roses in many varieties for $5! We got a shipment today and they were flying off the carts.)
Other plant ideas might include hydrangea, of which there are quite a few varieties, or something neat like a foxglove or fuchsia. Depending on where you live and the weather you get, different plants will do well.
If you live far and were just planning to order flowers, maybe think of something a little different instead to mix it up. I once sent someone a cookie basket from Cookies By Design, and they loved it. Or send a tasty fruit arrangement from Edible Arrangements. Flowers aren’t the only thing you can get delivered, nowadays!
Avid gardeners and non-gardening flower lovers alike may love a nice garden book. Here are two of my personal recommendations:
The Bountiful Container- This one is perfect for anyone who grows anything edible in pots– or anyone who wants to. The lighthearted tone of the book makes it a joy to read, as well.
Magic Lanterns- For a crafty mom, this book has a lot of fantastic ideas of how to light up dark spaces. A lot of the crafts would look particularly great out in the garden on a balmy night.
If you’re feeling creative, maybe a handpicked gift basket is the way to go. You can arrange everything in a flowerpot, too, so that everything about the gift is functional. (Maybe skip on packing the items in dirt, though… but I guess if you really want, that could work too!) Other items that might be nice to include are seed packets, trowels/small shovels, or maybe a nice pair of gardening gloves, and perhaps a little ornament of some sort for the pot. There are even functional ornaments like Aqua Globes that will water the plants gradually.
Garden decor can be a good choice, too, and there are a ton of options, from the tacky-tasticlawn gnomes and pink flamingos to ornate statuary, bird houses and feeders, glow-in-the-dark stakes and solar lights. I love checking out the Decor section of Gardener’s Supply to find neat things.
I hope everyone has a fantastic Mother’s Day. Even if your mom is not near you or with you any longer, take some time to think of the good memories
Happy Mother’s Day!