My first Mother’s Day in 2004, our baby daughter was 3 months old and still crying all the time. We were a wreck. It was hard to get out. My husband planned a simple, sweet (quick) outing that became our official Mother’s Day tradition. We stopped at a beautiful greenhouse, where fussing was fine, and I was able to shop in peace. We came home and spent the day planting. Simple. Lovely. Lasting. The perfect gift.
As we added children and years, this tradition grew more special to us all.
Reasons to plant a Mother’s Day Gardening Tradition
1. Budget Friendly: The truth is, we’d buy flowers to plant anyway, it’s in our budget for spring. Some years more than others.The gift is the experience. Laughing and enjoying Mother Nature with Mom. Learning about gardening. Passing on a skill to my children. Priceless.
2. Stress Free: A Husband’s dream. A tradition communicates to everyone how to be involved. No one is spending unneeded time shopping or stressing over me or spending money on “stuff” I don’t need. I love flowers. I love gardening. Time with my family doing something I love is a perfect gift. Of course, they do sneak in little surprises too, like cards or making me breakfast or a garden tool.
3. Picture Happy: We take plenty of pictures to freeze this yearly special occasion. The kids know how much I love pictures. Another simple way to give to Mom.
4. Picnic or BBQ: Planting day just calls for an easy picnic or delicious BBQ, a favorite of mine. Another way to celebrate that’s relatively stress free and fits the theme. My husband runs the show on this meal. No fighting expensive, packed restaurants.
5. A Tradition That Can Grow with Them: As they grow older and move away (sniff, sniff), I want them to always know what they can give Mom for Mother’s Day. No brainer. Not expensive. Send seeds. Send bulbs. Send a gift card to a greenhouse or hardware store that carries flowers. They’ll know I’ll cherish it. I’ll think back to all the times we planted together. And, when they see flowers or plant at their homes they’ll think of me;)
6. Easy and Meaningful to Share: We’ve imposed this tradition on the 4 grandmothers. We send a homemade card with seeds or a gift card for flowers, a flowery-spring kid craft, or occasionally we’ve been able to hand deliver a pretty plant. My mom loves knowing she’s “in” on our tradition.
May your Mother’s Day Traditions bloom this year, Shelisa
Click the sunflower to read a cheesy Mother’s Day post involving sunflowers.