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Daffodil Gift Baskets

This past weekend we packed up the car and off we went to visit my family. Since I hadn’t seen them over the holidays, I wanted to take them a little creation that was easy to make and something they would enjoy for a long time. I found potted Daffodils at a local nursery and knew that was just the ticket but they needed some editing.  Did you know that the Daffodil symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings?

Here’s what you’ll need for this easy project and how ya do it:

  • Daffodils or other early spring bulbs.
  • Baskets. Come on folks admit it, we all have a secret stash of baskets lying around somewhere.
  • Plastic basket liners.  Okay, you probably don’t have those but any florist can help you out. Or you could use plain old trash bin liners.
  • Moss – florist or craft supply store.
  • One bag of potting soil which you can find at any florist or nursery.

Now for the how-to:

  1. Place a basket liner inside the basket.  If you’re using plastic trash bin liners, cut the bin liners to size and place inside the basket.
  2. Carefully remove the Daffodils (or bulbs of choice) and the soil from their nursery pots by turning the pot upside down.  Be careful that you keep as much soil with the bulbs as possible.
  3. Insert the bulbs into a basket. Use potting soil to fill in the space around the bulbs and the basket.
  4. Insert some moss over the bulbs to cover the exposed soil.

Your done! Seriously, the whole project for three baskets took me about 30 minutes.  I attached some homemade gift tags to some twigs and out the door we went.

The care instructions are easy too.  Water when you feel the soil is dry, but don’t over water. Keep them out of direct sunlight and they’ll burst open before you know it. After the flowers have wilted and the greens have browned, simply place the bulbs in the soil outside and next Spring they’ll start their little cycle all over again.

Enjoy!

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Spring is my New Year’s Resolution

MARIE SAYS, 'YOU'D BETTER STICK TO YOUR RESOLUTIONS!'

Let’s be honest, we’re all making resolutions, having revelations, and making giant to-do lists about our new year.  I suppose mom’s DAILY resolution was to keep her sanity.  My guess is that raising five boys wasn’t a cake walk.

My resolution every year is to bring spring indoors every chance I get. I love spring…the trees coming to life, tiny snow drops poking up through the last bits of snow and the smell of fresh soil waking up from a winter snooze.  I realize it’s a few months away but even now the days are getting longer and spring will be here before we know it. I’m ready!

During the harsh winter months, Tulips are my go to saviour.  In fact, the other day I noticed large colorful bunches of them in our local grocery store along with other floral beauties.  Yea!  So why don’t you go out, pick up a few bunches and let me show you a simple way to arrange Tulips to brighten your home.

 

Please visit the Rodale Institute’s website here to learn about their organic tulips!  Yep, you heard me…organic Tulips!  They purchase the bulbs from EcoTulips…the only American source of organic pesticide free Tulips bulbs.  To learn more about the EcoTulips folks, you can visit their site here.  You know where I’ll be this spring…sissors in hand.

Think Spring and Happy New Year!