Winter can be a tough time for gardeners. Unless you're in a zone where growing year-round is a possibility (or unless your favorite gardener has his own greenhouse), that grower in your life may be just sitting on his hands waiting for spring.
Bring a little life to mid-February with these awesome Valentine's Day gift ideas. They're easy, fun, and your loved one will be thrilled! Read on for the scoop.
As my mother used to day, "I hate getting cut flowers. They die." Take a tip from Mom. Give her the gift that lives on and looks gorgeous!
If you love canning, select the yummiest choices from last harvest's stash and give him a basket of home-picked joy.
This is best if the fruits come from your own garden, of course. On the other hand, unless you're in Zone 8 or above, fresh garden yields can be problematic.
A fun alternative option is to go to your local farmer's market or choose from the organic section at your supermarket. Then create your delicious recipe and present it to your loved one.
Grab your craft scissors and let's go! This fun project can be done with fresh blooms (if you're in a warm growing zone), flowers you already pressed and preserved, or flowers you buy at your local florist's.
TO MAKE IT: Place the flowers and herbs you want to use between two paper towels. Press this between two heavy items (books will work fine). Replace the paper towels daily; they're there to preserve moisture. Most flowers should be dried and pressed within a week; some may be done sooner, especially if you previously picked them and they were already partially dry. When they're ready, cut a piece of cardboard or card stock to size and add a little love note to the page.
Bring an early spring indoors for your beloved! Cut juniper or other evergreen sprigs you have in your yard and place them in a jar as a centerpiece. Put a checkered tablecloth onto the table, fill up a picnic basket with your own preserves (or visit the organic section of your local store) and you have a beautiful indoor party in the heart of winter.
To make it a real garden party, try these dishes:
What's the gardener's preferred gift that keeps on giving? Garden tools, naturally! She'll adore you all year long if you think of her comfort when choosing garden tools. Choose tools that are ergonomically designed, easy to use and store in the shed, and look great.
Wrap a ribbon around the bundle to make it all extra-pretty. Add a beautiful card like the one above and you've got a lovely Valentine's Day gift that shows you're on board with her love of gardening.
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