A big, beautiful bouquet of cut flowers is always welcome on Mother's Day. But if you want a natural gift with a longer life, living plants are a great alternative. Here are some gift ideas Mom will love.
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Made in the Shade
Big and bold, tuberous begonias will bring beauty and color to her home throughout the growing season. These blooming annuals thrive in the shade when they receive dappled sun all day or full-morning sun followed by afternoon shade.
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Lifetime of Learning
The ancient art of bonsai inspires a lifetime of admiration and learning. This twisted black pine is 60 years old and 14 inches tall.
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Tools of the Trade
Add a complete Japanese tool kit for training potted trees such as bonsai -- tweezers, a rake, concave cutters, shears, brushes, and a saw.
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Petite African violets are long-lived and easy to care for. Tuck the pots into pleated baking cups, and add personalized tags to dress them up as gifts. Print our tag clip art onto card stock. Cut out, and glue to a skewer or a wooden coffee stirrer.
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This hanging wheat cluster is beautiful, dramatic, and easy to make.
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Staghorn ferns are great candidates for wall gardens, but growing them that way can be challenging. A foolproof alternative? A hanging display is easy to construct and looks impressive.
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Burst of Lemon
Tiny trees can deliver big doses of cheer. The Meyer lemon tree can be grown indoors -- and can add some zest during the year.
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Terrariums are easy to assemble and don't require much maintenance. Choose Mom's favorite succulents, then place them in beautifully shaped bottles to create a terrarium.
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Portable Tea Garden
Mom will enjoy fresh cups of goodness with an herbal tea garden. To make one, plant mint, rose geranium, pineapple sage, and lavender in a wooden wine crate or other container with ample drainage. To get the gift to keep on giving, be sure to tell Mom to place it in full sun outdoors and to pluck a few sprigs for morning tea or for adding to black tea.
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Start at the BeginningGive the gift of herb seeds in a specially designed card. Using a bone folder, make accordion folds in card stock so that each panel is large enough to fit a small manila envelope. Create a panel for each envelope, plus one for the card front. Then, using a craft knife, make corner slits in all but the front panel. Use rubber stamps to label envelopes. Fill them with seeds, and tuck into slits.
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