Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mothers Day Flowers - Green Gift Ideas to Last Throughout the Years

Mothers Day Flowers - Green Gift Ideas to Last Throughout the Years

Shopping for Mother's Day flowers in Cleveland can be nerve-wracking. Over the years I've found that trying to choose a clever gift for the mom who has all is next to impossible. Many of us end up bringing a beautiful, tremendous (and expensive) bouquet of flowers that wilt and die within a week. If you're anything like me, you've spent at least one Mother's Day frantically running into your local Giant Eagle for a last-minute bouquet, hoping you're not late for dinner.

This year Mother's Day is May 10th, giving us plentifulness of time to break away from the typical Mother's Day gift and get a microscopic creative. Falling favorably in the middle of springtime, Mother's Day is the ideal chance to give fragrant and colorful flowers. But instead of that pricey bouquet, why not give flowers or plants that will last for months or years to come?

Perennials such as azaleas and rhododendrons make a excellent Mother's Day gift. These blooming plants generate a beautiful presentation on Mother's Day and can be planted in a organery in late spring or early summer. No garden? A small azalea plant will do quite well in a pot, left outside to bloom during spring and summer and then brought in as a houseplant during colder months.

Tulips are the excellent springtime flower, and are often given on Mother's Day as a cut bouquet. This year, reconsider potted tulips instead, which are regularly sold while the flowers are in full bloom. Potted tulips are easy to find and can be purchased in nurseries or in the organery center at many shop in the Cleveland area. I've even seen potted tulips sold in the flower group at my local grocery store. Unlike cut flowers, live tulips can be set aside to dry after blooming. By retention the tulip bulbs in a dry, dark place such as a brown paper bag, they are excellent for fall planting and will bloom again in the spring.

Giving a small rose bush to a organery enthusiast is all the time a unique idea. If you've grown roses in the past, adding a new plant is all the time exciting. If you have contact landscaping, but have never grown roses, you're likely to be thrilled with the chance to give them a go. When you're shopping, try to choose a mature, salutary starter plant with some blooms. You can wrap the pot in some interesting, colorful fabric or some natural burlap. Add some ribbon for a personalized touch. Roses can be planted in late spring or early summer, giving their roots ample time to compose before winter. For a gardener, roses are a perfect, unique Mother's Day gift distinct to be enjoyed for years to come.

And don't stop at perennials. Herbs such as chives, basil, rosemary or thyme also make a great, long-lasting gift. If your mom doesn't have a garden, these plants are easy to grow and can live quite happily in a container, providing fresh herbs all summer long. take an intriguing outdoor container and just place the plants inside if you choose not to pot the herbs yourself. Add a bow, some bamboo name tags and maybe a small watering can to perfect the presentation.

For the less experienced gardener, annuals are all the time a beautiful gift. organery centers and nurseries are regularly well-stocked with healthy, colorful flowers at this time of year.

Consider a hanging basket overflowing with petunias or daisies to make a bold statement. If your mom has a flower bed, try picking some varieties of annuals for her to plant and pick up a sizeable handled basket to present them in. Throw in a new pair of organery gloves and a small shovel and you've got a lovely, thoughtful gift.

Cleveland's plant hardiness zone is 5a and 5b, so if you're unsure if a flowering plant or herb will tolerate the Ohio weather, ask your local nursery or check with an worker in the organery center of your local store. Giving live plants this Mother's Day is a green, unique and fun way to honor your mom year round.

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