A lasting Mother’s Day gift: Planting flowers with your kids
By Aimee Heckel
Instead of giving Mom a bouquet of flowers that slowly die every day that she has them (an emo-but-true visual), set aside some time on Mother’s Day to plant flowers together — as a family.
Hint: This is also a great last-minute gift, in case you don’t have any events or other presents planned. Don’t worry, we won’t tell her.
Here are some tips, tricks and ways to make the most of your Mother’s Day flower-planting party.
1. If you don’t have a big yard or garden:
A windowsill greenhouse starter kit is a great place to start, especially if you’re working with limited space or chose plants that need lots of light.
2. Make it personal — and crafty.
Let your kids decorate the pots especially for mom. Pick up a plain flower pot from Hobby Lobby or Walmart, a few bright stickers, a glue gun, glitter, markers and whatever else your kids need to express their undying love to mom.
3. Take a unique approach.
Instead of a pot, plant your seeds in a coffee cup or special ceramic tea cup planter, $20, from Oriental Trading. Garden.com sells a unique series of stacking flower pots — a “flip flop plant stand,” for $13.46, that is great for houses with limited space.
4. Plant your food.
Instead of just colorful flowers, plant some herbs and veggies together. Many herbs, such as oregano, rosemary and thyme, can be grown indoors or outdoors. Make sure you know your plant’s specific needs for water, drainage, light, space and soil, to assure a successful grow.
5. Even if you don’t want to plant real flowers, make crafty flowers together. You can find all kinds of Mother’s Day or flower-themed projects on Pinterest. Make and decorate clay flowers, to be used as tea-bag holders, spoon rests or just home decor. Or make Mom a “bouquet” of foam or paper flowers, holding a photo of each of her kids, grandkids, students or family members.
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Photos from Oriental Trading.