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A Mothers Day Garden

Updated on May 4, 2011

Mothers' Day

I have never been fond of giving people cut flowers as a gift unless they were from my own garden. This way I knew how the flowers had been grown and knew they were treated with care and concern for the environment.

Live plants were another matter and both my mother and my sister regularly received them as gifts on birthdays and Mother’s Day.

Now giving flowers from my own garden is not possible on May 8 which is Mother’s Day. It s way too early here and just about anywhere I have lived to grow flowers, at least outdoors, at that time of the year.

About 25 years ago, in late April, I was thinking about a gift for my mother. She was ill and had not been able to garden in about two years. I often dropped by the family home and tended her garden. My sister did the same.

I was in the backyard looking at a few early bloomers when it hit me; why not give my mother a garden as a Mother's Day gift. I could hire a landscaped designer to create it, in consultation with Mom of course or I could do it myself which was much cheaper but a bigger time commitment.

I opted to do the work myself. I was living fairly close to my parents’ home so it could not be a problem travelling back and forth and I was already cutting the lawn and doing other outdoor maintenance chores so this would add a bit to that work and that was manageable.

My mother loved fresh cut flowers for the dining room table and fresh tomatoes. My father had taught me about compost and growing tomatoes, so I decided on a mixed garden combining some vegetables with cut flowers. I talked it over with Mom on Mothers’ Day and she loved the idea. I maintained this garden for the next eight years until they moved.

Their new home, an apartment, without a balcony, was in a city about two hours away so that plan was no longer workable.  While thinking how I could still see Mom got fresh flowers in season, I decided to create a mixed planting bed, a small one in my own garden, and when I visited her I’d bring whatever was growing. The vegetable and flowers were often accompanied by a box of chocolates which she seemed to like more and more as the years passed.

She had been gone for a few years now but each growing season I think about those years with fondness. These memories encourage my passion for growing things no matter how small the space that is available.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    She enjoyed the garden and that made it more than wothwhile, thanks for visiting.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    What a brilliant idea. You must have made your mother very happy.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and thank you for commenting.

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    I think that was such a lovely and perfect idea. Thank you.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks Eiddwen and Susan good luck and happy growing.

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    Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    What a nice idea for Mother's day. I think I will show your hub to all 3 of my sons.

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    Hi Bob,

    A great hub and thanks for sharing. I now look forward to reading more of your work also.

    Take care

    Eiddwen.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Genna, let him read this, maybe he'll get the hint. Dzy tearing up a garden for lawn to assist the sale an all too common practice.

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    Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    I loved this idea! Now if I can find someway of hinting to my son this would make an ideal gift... :) Voted up.

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    What a thoughtful and long-lasting gift! My own mother loved her bulb garden, and spent many happy hours 'dead-heading' and enjoying her beautiful blooms.

    It saddened me that we had to rip it all out in favor of grass in order to sell the house after she passed.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Gardens and memories are natural companions, sounds like a hub to me, thanks for dropping by.

    brsmom68, a worthy goal,all the best.

    cvanthul, she did appreciate the garden, when she could she loved being out in the yard looking after her flowers.

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    cvanthul 6 years ago from Florida

    What a lovely idea, Bob. Your mom must have loved the garden especially knowing it meant so much to you to give it to her.

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    Diane Ziomek 6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

    Very inspiring! Maybe I can convince my teenagers their gift to me this year can be helping in the garden. They are already asking what I want for my birthday and Mother's Day, which fall close together.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    I enjoy creating gardens for others even when my own space is very small, as it is this year.

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    rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

    Considering I rent and have no land I use my parents property, and since I do all the mowing and property maintenance I have no problems tending to gardens as well and I too have made Mom her own personal gardens and will always cherish these memories. A Mother's Day Garden is a great gift.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Flowers evoke great memories, thanks for commenting.

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    Jean Bakula 6 years ago from New Jersey

    What a nice gift idea! My Mother in law planted many lovely things at my house, as she did not have a yard where she lived. She has passed on, but I remember her and all the happy times we shared every spring when the plants begin to bloom.

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    Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Very kind, thanks for dropping by.

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    Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

    I like this idea of a combination flower and vegetable garden for your Mom. Rated Up and Awesome. Thanks for the Hub.

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