Thoughtful Make: A Floral Tribute for Mum

We're thrilled to introduce Lou to you (welcome, Lou!). She's the blogger behind Little Green Shed and our newest contributor to #BTHOUGHTFUL. Here she is with her very first post where, just in time for Mother's Day, she shares a super-easy alternative to shop-bought flowers as a gift. Over to Lou... Mother's Day Floral DIY I get my love of flowers and nature from my mother, who got that from my Nana and my Great Grandmother. We all share a love of the seasons and all the beauty that they bring. At this time of year, I think most people are craving sunshine and the first signs of Spring. Crocus’ and snowdrops carpet the grassy lawns in the park and early catkins dangle from branches. Mother’s Day always lands on a somewhat chilly March day. And knowing my mum, she loves nothing more than receiving a plant or two. This year I decided to put something together myself, and found lots of colourful inspiration at my local garden centre. Mother's Day Floral DIY I was like a child in a sweet shop. I needed one of everything! Reigning myself in, I gravitated towards the pretty primulas. All kinds of beautiful colours, so cheerful and inexpensive. From bright magenta pink to pale peaches and every colour in between, I quickly loaded up my basket. Mother's Day Floral DIY Gift How about these gorgeous dark red and yellow primulas, amazing! I chose three different hues in the end; a pale white, soft peach and a pretty pale pink – all complimenting each other and not too overpowering. My mum and I have similar tastes when it comes to plants, preferring a more muted palette. Mother's Day Floral DIY Gift Back home, I planted up the flowers. Using a vintage style terracotta plant pot in a wire basket. You can easily find these in most garden centres or interiors shops or you can find something similar here. If you don’t have something like this, why not try using a large plant pot, and plant the primulas bunched together for a great display? Then add a ribbon around the pot to make it look special. As the terracotta pots were the same size as the plastic pots the plants came in, there was no need to worry about adding compost. But if you do need to, make sure you buy compost which is peat free, to be kinder to the environment. Once planted I added a flourish with some plum coloured velvet ribbon and spotty feather, but you can use whatever you have to hand. Mother's Day Floral DIY I think it looks wonderful, thoughtful and handmade. My mum will love it. What will I put in the fourth pot? Chocolates of course. Small, individually wrapped little treats. What more does a mum want, right? Even Obi the cat likes it! I hope this will give you some inspiration to go out there and make something really beautiful and thoughtful for your mum this Mother’s Day. bthoughtful-blog-lou-little-green-shed-name P.S. For more homemade ideas, check out our beauty gifts from last week and Aimee's delicious vegan recipes.

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