Gardening with Mom

13 May

For the nursery and floral industries, Mother’s Day is their biggest day of the year. Predicted annual sales are based on this weekend. A long time tradition for many families would be to take their mother shopping at a nursery on Mother’s Day, maybe selecting an annual hanging basket or perennial plant for her garden. For others it may be selecting or sending plants or flowers from the florist. Having worked in both fields, I was never able to have a day off during this time of year. My family would visit me at work and bring me lunch.

Mom planting annuals

No longer in the retail trade, I get to spend the day with my family, including my mom of course. My mother and I have different gardening tastes and styles. She loves to plant her annuals and weed. I prefer vegetable gardening and the more “natural” look. For mom this year, I have grown some violas and purple hyacinth beans. These have been her favorites for the past few years so I made sure I started them in time. We will plant them together per her instructions of course.

Violas

So what is it that makes planting such a great Mother’s Day activity? Not the casual conversation or the reminiscing, but touching the dirt. Yep, that’s what I said. Touching the dirt. Research conducted in the U.K. at the University of Bristol has shown that there is a bacteria in the dirt that can increase serotonin levels, working like an anti-depressant. Also, being outdoors and observing nature have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. While playing in the dirt, you are sure to have a wonderful day with mom. I am grateful for my mother who allowed me to play outside and get dirty. Now that I think about it, I am touching dirt everyday, so maybe that’s why I’m such a cheerful person. Thanks Mom!

Me as a kid at the beach

Maybe your mom has passed on. If that is so, then go outside and plant something in her honor in your garden or in a memory garden. This too may bring an uplifting moment to your day while reflecting on your mothers positive and loving spirit. Whatever you do, enjoy the day and also remember to celebrate and thank Mother Nature for the gifts she brings to us.

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5 Responses to “Gardening with Mom”

  1. Wendy Liebert May 20, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    I love this entry, Patti; what a sweet way to honor your mother.

  2. Sheila Keiser June 3, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Patti,
    I’m ashamed to say that this is my firsts visit to your site.
    I’ve really enjoyed it.
    I don’t do much planting, but I do plant flowers and herbs in pots.

    • Patti Marie June 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

      Don’t be ashamed! Thank you for taking the time to check it out. Hope you enjoy the pictures and who knows. Maybe you will become an Urban Gardener!

    • Patti Marie June 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      I love growing herbs in pots too! Perfect for Urban Farmscapes.

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