This is a combo Mother’s Day gift/tradition that came to me while I was watering the hyacinths that had just popped up in the first week of April. The boys had bought this bright blue perennial for me the year before and as I was watering it I thought of this perfect Mother’s Day idea- creating a keepsake perennial Mother’s Day garden.
Mother’s Day is kind of a weird holiday for me to be honest and I know it’s heavy for many women because of a million different reasons: losses, expectations, things that have happened in the past, things that are happening in the present, weather, hormones- you name it! All blanketed with a slew of pastel and khaki Mother’s Day brunch pictures strewn across all corners of the internet. It really is a recipe for disaster.
Still, even though Mother’s Day can be a whole bag full of surprising and depressing tricks- one of my personal favorite combinations- I (and most moms I know) still feel like we want to do some kind of something to celebrate that wild beast that is Motherhood. The good, the bad, and the unbelievable have changed all of us in more ways than we could probably ever articulate, so I think it deserves something.
What honestly helped me to enjoy Mother’s Day finally was letting go the Hallmark nightmares, lowering my expectations, staying off of Facebook, texting with mom friends…oh, and buying myself a few things I’ve been eyeing up- I find Mother’s Day to be the perfect treat yourself day.
Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy brunch, BUT going out to eat with kids under 5 is NOT relaxing or a treat for moms anywhere- warm mimosas anyone? (P.S All the mimosas in the khaki brunch pictures are so, so warm. So don’t worry.)
Enter the Keepsake garden…
The perennial keepsake garden is a simple gift from them, that comes back year after year, and it reminds me of mothering. It’s the little things and the big things, all put together to make something incredibly beautiful, full of different colors, shapes, and sizes, and all coming together to make a collected garden.
Another bonus of this Mother’s Day tradition is how easy it is. You can find potted perennials pretty much anywhere- a garden center, big box stores, heck even at roadside stands on Mother’s Day.
Inspiration for creating your Mother’s Day garden
I love the idea of tucking one of these Mother’s Gardens in a special corner, maybe by your sitting area, and I also love maybe keeping the Mother’s Day picks that come with the plant and using them to decorate amongst the flowers. There are so many different ways you could set this up.
I feel like adding in herbs that come back each year would be really nice as well. Then you could even cook or make tea with them. Lemon balm is super hardy and, depending on your area, rosemary may come back each year if you can overwinter it.
P.s If you rent and will be moving at some point, you can create a potted garden in the same way. Repot your plants into larger containers and gather them together to create a potted keepsake garden that you can take with you.
Happy Mother’s Day all. Wishing you many beautiful flowers and deliciously chilled mimosas because you deserve it. I mean, you deserve A LOT more than that, but this I think we can definitely get accomplished. XO.