Are you looking for some gardening inspiration for Mother’s Day? I’ll take you on a tour to see what’s blooming in my cottage garden, share some ideas on how to make Mother’s Day even more special with flowers and plants, and show you some great garden-inspired gift options I found this year.
Mother’s Day is the day when everything changes for a gardener like me. Our average last frost date was April 18th, but I really don’t breathe easy until Mother’s Day has come. And I especially don’t plant my tomato and pepper plants in the garden until then.
Mother’s Day is just the beginning of my favorite time of year. The garden is finally coming to life.
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I’m joining several talented bloggers today for a MOTHER’S DAY IN THE GARDEN blog hop, hosted by my sweet friend Cecilia at My Thrift Store Addiction. Make sure to hop over to each of the inspirational blog posts by clicking on their links at the end of this post.
If you’re coming over from CoCo at the Crowned Goat, welcome! How fun was it to learn how to make a lavender hand scrub? I am definitely trying that. CoCo always has the best ideas.
The Cottage Garden in Full Bloom
My cottage garden will be filled with blooms just in time for Mother’s Day… from this pink Montana Rubens clematis covering the arbor to the many rhododendrons and azaleas throughout the yard.
The Tulips are in Full Bloom
When I think of the perfect spring flower, I think of a tulip. Here are a few that are in full bloom around the garden.
This tulip variety is called “Charming Beauty” and is a cross between an egg-yolk yellow and peach, and opens to a ruffled double bloom that resembles a garden rose or peony.
This “Renown Unique” tulip has full, peony-shaped, watermelon pink flowers that have yellow anthers rather than the usual black.
This tulip is by far my favorite because of how unique it is. The “Greenstar” variety has two layers of alternating petals the shade of Granny Smith Apples, and white outer edges point that bend like a court jester’s hat.
Like a vibrant pink teacup from Alice in Wonderland, the “Santander” tulip starts in the bud stage as peach-blush. As the fringe-edged petals open and turn cotton candy pink, they reveal a blue throat and black anthers.
Mother’s Day Brunch
We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy several sunny Mother’s Days out on the deck overlooking the Puget Sound and the garden. The timing is perfect for lilacs, which are in full bloom around the first past of May for us here in the Pacific Northwest, gardening zone 8B.
I used a vintage quilt as the tablecloth and vintage china for our Mother’s Day garden tablescape last year.
I always smile when I see these pictures because the lilacs made it through brunch, but as soon as we were clearing the table they started wilting like crazy!
Ideas for Mother’s Day in the Garden
There are so many different ways each of us will spend Mother’s Day. Some will spend the day with their mother or children. Some will celebrate virtually. And others will honor the loved ones that aren’t with us anymore.
My daughter, Katie, passed away almost 3 years ago. I honor her every Mother’s Day by planting something special in the garden.
Some of My Favorite Flowers to Plant for Mother’s Day
- Roses – Did you know that pink roses symbolize appreciation and gratitude?
Create a Special Garden Together
Design a garden bed in your mom’s garden with her favorite plants. If she has more limited space, create a container or window box of flowers. You could have your children do this for YOU as well!
Here’s a fun idea! Plant an elevated herb garden. This one is from Hammacher Schlemmer. Here are some more options.
SHOP THIS LOOK
Containers and hanging planters are also fun things to work on together.
A Gift From the Garden
It always feels so good to give a gift from the heart that has meaning and lots of love. Here are a few Mother’s Day gift ideas from the garden.
Share Your Divided Perennials with Your Mom
The timing couldn’t be better…if you’re going to be dividing your perennials this spring, put some aside for your mom and plant them in her garden. Some small primroses like these could even be planted in a sweet little basket or pot if she doesn’t have much garden space. It will mean so much more to her knowing they came from your garden.
Create a Flower Arrangement from Your Garden
Who doesn’t love a flower arrangement? Cut some fresh flowers from your garden and put them in a vintage vessel.
Make a Hanging Basket
It’s so easy to make hanging baskets of flowers and you will pay so much less if you create one yourself. It could be me, but I swear the prices always go up right around Mother’s Day.
Seedlings You’ve Grown
Garden-Inspired Gift Ideas for Mom
Go to my blog post, Mother’s Day gift ideas, to see more of my favorite gift options.
Mother’s Day in the Garden Blog Hop
Now it’s time to hop on over to my friend Shelley at Calypso in the Country where I know you will enjoy her Mother’s Day table setting. The other bloggers are listed below and you will be able to visit each of them by clicking on their name. Enjoy!
Until next time,