In fact when it comes to choosing something for mum (or mum-in-law or grandma) as long as it’s pretty and in flower they’ll be happy. This could be anything from an expensive designer arrangement to a simple, gift-wrapped plant.
Mother’s Day is the perfect time to take advantage of all the spring bulbs. Not only do they make great gifts but they keep growing after the day has been and gone; plus, they can be planted in the garden and will flower next year too!
Bulbs are very inexpensive and versatile. They can be planted singly into pots for a simple gift or into something larger and more adventurous. Here are some suggestions…
Planting up spring bulbs
• You don’t need to have a pot with holes in the bottom if you use specialist fibre available from most garden centres. It contains charcoal and oyster shell, which keeps the compost fresh.
• Plant the bulbs just below the surface with the tops just poking through.
• Leave space at the bottom of the container, no matter how small, for drainage. Use either broken pots or polystyrene from packaging broken into chucks.
• Keep pots moist but don’t over water.
• Decorate the surface of your pots with sisal, strings of beads, feathers, anything to give them a little individuality. Avoid too many different shapes and colours or else your gift will end up looking more jumble sale than luxury.
Presenting your Plants
Moss is a great choice of decoration for your plant as it keeps the soil moist and looks wonderfully rustic
Even if the bulbs are good quality, if you leave your gift in a brown pot and don’t transfer it to a nicer container then the present can end up looking cheap.
For a classic country-kitchen look, pop your plant into a lined wicker basket. You can find these in a range of colours to suit your style and there are different shapes available, such as oblong or round, to suit the shape of your plant
Hanging baskets make great additions to your home in spring and they look best when planted with a range of shapes and colours, such as pansies, tulips and primula.
For something a little more grown up, a mixture of bulbs and stylish mini houseplants in cool whites and greens make a simple yet sophisticated gift.
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