Mother's Day is a special occasion filled with celebration all around the world. It is a time where we honor all moms and show our appreciation and gratitude. Mother's Day takes place on the second Sunday in May. Around this time, flowers and shrubs are beginning to bloom out in the garden. May is a month spent outdoors enjoying nature, as well as the gorgeous spring weather. Why not give a gift from your very own garden? Another fun idea is to give a present that will spruce up your mom's favorite outdoor spot. Maybe even attract some beautiful pollinators and wildlife!
Did you know that carnations are the official flower for this special day? The carnation flower represents purity, admiration and love. The founder of this holiday, Anna Jarvis, wished for this flower to be distributed to mothers. This is how the tradition of gifting flowers on this day came to be. It is always wonderful to gift someone you love flowers. In this post, I will share some suggestions that go beyond just the regular type of arrangement. Sometimes you want to gift something that can be displayed or enjoyed a bit longer than cut flowers. Here are a few ideas that I'm sure any mother would love!
Put Together A Flower Filled Hanging Basket
Impress her by putting together a stunning flower filled hanging basket. This gift will last longer, and the basket can be used time and time again! Head to your local gardening supply store, pick out a unique and fun basket. Remember, the smaller sized baskets will dry out quicker. Keep this in mind when choosing. Then, purchase a small bag of potting soil and the plants of your choice. When picking out plants for your basket, take into consideration whether it will be hanging in sun or shade. You want to make sure your flowers flourish in the correct environment. Flowers that do very well in hanging baskets include calibrachoa, geraniums, petunias and lobelia.
Here is a flower that really thrives in hanging baskets. Proven Winners Superbells Holy Moly! is a calibrachoa hybrid that does well in full sun. It blooms from spring to fall and is a stunning combination of yellow and pink. It is also a great flower that is easy to maintain and requires no deadheading. They are heat tolerant and require well-drained soil. I used three plants when putting together this hanging basket.
A Flower Basket
Don't have a place to hang flowers? That's okay! Another great option is to fill a medium sized basket or planter with flowers. If you choose a basket, make sure it has a plastic liner to keep the soil in. Pick plants that will thrive in either sun or shade depending on the spot. Shown below is a basket I filled with Proven Winners Superbena Royale Cherryburst and Proven Winners Supertunia Black Cherry. These two flowers, verbena and petunias, do well in part sun. They are both vigorous growers and bloom all season long. Look for flowers that are drought tolerant and heat tolerant. Try picking colors that compliment each other and add visual appeal. That's the fun part about arranging yourself—it's all up to you! You can even look for your mother's favorite color to make her really smile.
For The Feathered Friends
Any mother looking for a source of tranquility will enjoy the peaceful sounds of the birds singing their lovely tune. Waking up to the relaxing sound of birds chirping outside the window is perhaps one of the best things in life. Birds require a good source of food to be drawn to your yard. If you want them to stay, adding a source of water and shelter will really boost the activity in the yard.
A small birdbath makes a lovely gift. This glass birdbath pictured also doubles as a bird feeder. The green swirl in the glass glows in the evening hours. I like to look for garden accents that serve a purpose and have a bit of artistic appeal. No matter what size bath you choose, putting it near a feeder increases the activity immensely. Make sure when choosing a location for your newly gifted bath, you pick a place that can be viewed from a window. Seeing the birds splash around in the new bath will surely bring happiness to any viewer. You can find a similar style birdbath here.
A birdhouse also makes a perfect gift. You can never have too many safe havens for your winged friends. Keep in mind what birds you are trying to attract when purchasing a style of birdhouse. Some birds require the house to be attached to a tree, others prefer it to be hanging from a tree. Some enjoy houses that are placed on a post. This birdhouse pictured can be found here. It attracts downy woodpeckers, chickadees, finches and more. Any mom will enjoy watching the birds flock to their new humble abode. Set it up for her, then you can both can sit back and enjoy!
Dried Herbs From Your Garden
Most of us who grow our own herbs have an abundance of dried herbs from the previous gardening season. Why not gift a hard working mom a soothing bunch of lavender. All you need to do is take your dried herbs, pick out a good sized bunch and tie them with a ribbon or bow. It adds a sweet fragrance to any room, and looks pretty as well! The calming qualities of this herb also help aid in sleep. Giving your mother the gift of a good nights sleep is pretty much priceless!
Wide Eyes And Bushy Tails
As a gardener, I'm sure we all have a similar love/hate relationship with the squirrels and chipmunks in our yards. Looking for a way to keep them distracted or give your mom a hearty chuckle? Look no further than the squirrel chair feeder! All you do is hang this chair on a tree easily viewed from a window, add on a dried corn cob and enjoy the show! It really does keep them distracted from messing with your feeders. It's adorable to watch them nibble. Sadly for the squirrels in my yard, they are too slow compared to those sneaky chipmunks and usually get second helpings. You can also add dried fruit and watch them go to town! Find one like this here.
Save Your Mother's Back
Maybe your mom enjoys gardening, but not all the back breaking work that goes into it. You can save her from future pulled muscles and back pain with this great three-tiered Cascading Garden Planter from CedarCraft. No tools are required for assembly, and is a snap for those of us who aren't the best with directions. It fits perfectly on any patio or porch. Planting vertically not only requires much less space, but it easier on the joints and muscles. This doesn't require getting down on the ground to plant, and then having to deal with your body protesting your wishes to then stand after. You can plant anything from vegetables to flowers. Last year, I created my very own herb garden with multiple varieties within walking distance of my kitchen. You can read more about it here. This planter really does make gardening enjoyable and is stunning to boot. You may lose air circulation with the hug you get from mom after gifting one of these. Be prepared for a tight embrace! I also want to mention that I am a CedarCraft blog ambassador. If you would like to purchase any of the planters they sell on their website, you can use the code ROSE16 to receive 30% off! Just type in my code during check out, save big, and put a giant smile on your mothers face!
Tuesdays In The Garden
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Mother's Day is right around the corner. Doesn't matter what you choose to do or give, just make sure it's from your heart. It's not the price tag that matters at the end of the day, but the memories you make! Although, a little breakfast in bed can never hurt! I'm sure all moms would agree with that. How do you like to celebrate Mother's Day? Any special traditions that make it extra sweet? Share all about it in the comment section below! See you for the next edition of Tuesdays In The Garden where we will be sharing about or favorite blooming beauties!
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