Sunday, 15 March 2009

Mother's day project! A guide.

Mother's day is looming!  And with the ever present "credit crunch" why not create your own gift which will provide magnificent impact for half the price, without loosing any of the sentiment?!

The photo demonstrates something that can be created immediately, and yes, this is one I made myself.  The photo shows a beautiful spring display which is perfect as an indoor display which can be moved outdoors at a later date when the blooms fade.

I chose this display carefully with three things in mind:
1) The price;
2)Scent; and
3)The recipient.

I know my mother loves Daffodils so that was an easy starting point.  Along the way I found this beautiful double daffodil called Narcissus 'Bridal Crown'.  The added bonus with this Daffodil is its scent. A magnificent mix of jasmine and intoxicating sweetness.  To accompany this I settled on the ever popular Hyacinth as this too will provide a later flush of colour and scent, and a good all rounder, the Polyanthus.

All of these plants were bought in bud but with a little forward planning you could always grow your own, saving even more money, if indeed this is your aim.

A simple container was chosen with the recipients taste in mind and the display was topped off with a covering of sphagnum moss.  This display would cost upwards of £25 in store or online but can me created at a substantially reduced price.  The display should also continue for many years to come.

Tips for creating this display on a budget:

1) Always check the bargain bucket!  At this time of year containers are usually on sale following the winter.
2) Go for an all year round display.  Choose an evergreen shrub.  This display will then pay for itself all year round.
3) Use unused compost from last season to fill your pots.
4) For drainage use broken crockery or polystyrene that is often used to house bedding plants.

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