Most of us have a garden mentor. That person could grow anything from pansies to pumpkins without ever having read one how-to book. My Mom was like that, always rooting cuttings on the windowsill or drying seeds on paper towels. Preening houseplants was her favorite pastime. That was also when she let me know she needed help. As she talked, her busy fingers pinched away at yellowed philodendron leaves or spent African violet blooms. It wasn’t always what she said, but how she said it.
Here’s what I mean:
“We could really use some rain.” = water the garden.
“Look how high the grass is already.” = you’re two days late mowing the grass.
“I can’t find my trowel.” =you’re three days late mowing the grass.
“I know I planted green beans in here.” = definitely time to weed.
“I can’t see out the window.” = trim the shrubs.
Show your gardening Mom a little garden love with these gift ideas. There’s much more to Mom’s day gifts than a bouquet of cut flowers.
- Plan a garden sprucing up day. Weed, mulch and maybe add a new plant or two. Remember sometimes older hands have a harder time doing dexterous duties.
- Take a garden tour. check out local garden clubs, schools or nurseries.
- Help Mom get her tools ready for this season. Clean and sharpen dull tools and replace worn out ones with ergonomically helpful ones.
- Celebrate sound in the garden. Try adding a fountain or wind chimes.
- Don’t forget about little things like a new nail brush, emery board, hand cream, bug repellent and sunscreen. Put these in a nice pot or basket that can be reused.
Have other gift ideas for Mom or any gardening questions? Send it my way at firstname.lastname@example.org