For a lot of moms, the urge to nurture extends to plants and flowers, outdoors and in. So for next weekend’s Mother’s Day, instead of getting her a traditional floral arrangement that lasts just a few days, consider other options for or from the garden.
If mom spends some of her happiest hours in her backyard garden, sign her up for Plantjotter.com’s online organizer. With no special downloads or software required, the site allows gardeners to create a Web page with info about what they’ve planted, to-do schedules, photos and wish lists. Monthly tips and ideas are offered specific to your grow zone.
Also, HGTV.com has started an interactive family gardening club: Each month, there’s a new how-to project, such as building terrariums, pizza gardens or topiaries, that parents and kids can do together.
Or add accents to mom’s garden. At Uncommongoods.com, find Tyson Weissin’s Koi fish ceramicgarden ornaments, which are fired in several colors including a cobalt blue.
This spring, West Elm introduced Shane Powers’ no-maintenance, indoor garden collection, perfect for a modern mom with little time or inclination to tend plants but who enjoys a few touches of nature in her living space. Sleek, contemporary, hanging glass bubble vases, and ceramic and glass vessels hold plants such as air ferns, water lilies and succulents.
Lastly, if mom loves cut flowers, consider PlantationDesign.com’s set of Amaretto vases, formed out of liqueur-like glass swirls. Crate & Barrel has the Evelyn vase, made of softly folded glass, as well as Millie, Kiki and Marisol, all hand-etched with charming designs. Find here also a quartet of green, enameled, bird-motif wall tiles, nice on a patio fence.