Score Points on Mother’s Day… Guaranteed!
Even if you have already figured out what you are going to do for Mother’s Day, here is an idea that is guaranteed to be remembered as an extra special surprise for Mom or Grandma.
So here’s the plan: On Sunday afternoon your family makes a surprise visit to the local garden center to pick up the components for an extra special Mother’s Day surprise gift. And… the best part – Mom is in on the “picking-out-part”. She selects a container, three or four herb plants, along with the “can’t fail” ingredient to success: Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix (sorry for the shameless plug, but this stuff really makes a difference in container plants). Then here is the cool part. When you get home you and your kids put this gift together. Kids learn something cool, Mom is impressed that she has such a thoughtful family, and oh yes… you score some extra points that are sure to come in handy.
The really great thing about an herb planter is you can sit it in a sunny kitchen window or on the back porch or deck where it is easy to snip fresh herbs to help liven up a dish. Parsley for your salad. Sage for your stuffing. Rosemary for your potatoes. Thyme on your fish. ( I Just reminded myself of an old Simon & Garfunkel album from 1966: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.) Your container can contain Basil, Chives, Marjoram or Oregano. You could grow a container of mint (this particular herb likes to grow by itself since it crowds out other herbs). There are so many great choices for this gift that will keep on giving all summer.
Note: Mom if you are the one reading this, suggest you drop a hint in your husband’s ear of how this would be a great family activity. I just know you will have a way of suggesting this that will make it seem like his idea!