My parents have always been avid gardeners. They make a fantastic team – my mother decides what & where she wants to plant, and my father digs the beds, tills the earth, and carries out the rest of the manual labor. They have a lot of land, filled with beautiful flower beds and a vegetable garden that Michelle Obama would be proud of.
I’ve maintained a pretty minimal interest in gardening throughout most of my life. I hated helping with the weeding & pruning as a kid, but loved the fresh vegetables on our dinner table all summer long! These days, however, as I continue to turn more and more into my mother which each passing year, I’ve been bitten by the gardening bug, (I truly hope that remains a ‘figural’ statement, and that no actual bugs bite me during my gardening adventures this year…) and I will be attempting to plant & tend my very own container vegetables (apartment living, folks).
I’ll be sure to share my gardening tales with you. Let’s just hope I have more luck with these veggies than I did with that poor orchid I bought back when I was in college…
Anyway. Today being Mother’s Day and all, the hubs & I met my parents for lunch in the cute little town of Clinton, NJ (a nice halfway point between our respective homes, which has become a traditional meeting spot of ours over the years). I decided to gift my mother with a basket full of gardening goodies. This kind of gift is pretty great, because while does not involve any actual DIY-ing (as I mentioned in Friday’s post, time has been on short supply for me these days), the simple act of grouping items together into an attractive basket display adds a wonderful personal touch.
The magical powers of a basket that turn a bunch of “things I bought” into a personalized & pretty “I hand picked these items because I know you’ll love them and I love you” kinda gift. Which, while not always as budget-friendly or unique as a DIY gift, is still a gift that shows you care. So there, Mom. I care.
You can give a gardening gift basket for multiple occasions. I filled mine with:
-Totally fashionable new gardening tools & gloves (tools from the Target Threshold line, gloves from Lowes)
-A plant in a pretty pot (pink eggshell pot & plant from Lowes)
-Glass blown watering globe (Lowes)
-Chalkboard plant markers (Michael’s)
-Garden figurine (Snail from Lowes. I named him Sammy).
Emma like Sammy, too.
I hope that you all enjoyed a lovely weekend, and happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!