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My daughter is very creative, I have to say she got that from her mother. Whenever it is someone’s birthday, mother’s day, or father’s day. Honey sits at her desk and pulls out her crayons, paper, markers, glue, etc. She loves to draw her loved ones photos and write them beautiful notes that express how she feels.
This year, her first year in elementary school, Honey added a new found friend to her list of those in need of creative gifts. That person would be her teacher. She loves to draw her teacher pictures, pull pages out of her coloring book, or make her a bracelet. So we decided with Easter just days away we would create a very special gift for her teacher. I gift that will last for a while and a gift that the whole class can watch grow. We decided to plant somefor her teacher and class to water, maintain, and watch bloom through the spring season.
Of course planting a bulb would be ok, but that of course does not fulfill my daughters creative nature. So we headed to our local Walmart to pick up our potted bulbs that surprisingly can be picked up at many grocery stores, flower shops, and garden centers. Once we sifted through all the bulbs at Walmarts garden center we picked a colorful display and headed over to the Easter and craft section. There we picked up some goodies to craft a special pot to hold the springtime flowers.
With our supplies in hand Honey and I worked on our project. First mixing some soil and Miracle Gro in our pot and planted the bulbs. Then we watered them thoroughly and added our new friend William the water worm. Williams purpose is to let the kids know when it is time to water their bulbs. When William becomes dry he is asking for water. Isn’t he cute?
With our bulbs planted we turned to decorating our special basket that is going to house the hopefully colorful flowers. We decided to go with a springy Easter theme and picked up this pink basket. We decorated the basket with Easter bunnies and Easter eggs. Then after we placed the pot in the basket we filled in the remaining area with Easter grass and Easter eggs. Before we placed the pot in the basket we lined the bottom with a towel to help soak up and water that may escape when the plant is being watered.
Honey was very excited to take her gift to school. I signed in to help walk her to her class. Honey presented her teacher with the gift and explained how William works and about all the decorations. Honey is very detailed like that. Her teacher was very thankful and told me how nice it is to have Honey in her class. We declined to share in photos for personal reasons but I can assure you it was a wonderful experience.
It dawned on me that this is a wonderful gift to give others. Potted bulbs last much longer then traditional flowers or plants and the recipient gets the joy of watching what they will become as they begin to bloom. We hope that Honey’s children and her class may think around these same lines and consider paying it forward with their own bulb inspired creation!