Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Give floral design related gifts that your mom will love for Mother’s Day.
Consider the language of flowers as you choose a bouquet for a Mother’s Day bouquet. Ones that signify love and affection include globe amaranth, red mums, gilly flower, roses, and red tulips.
For Mother’s Day, floral designers love practical things. Examples include Deco Beads, water-storing gel beads for clear vases. The Flasket is an attractive, lightweight means of storing and carrying cut flowers as you gather them from the garden. The cut stems go right in the reservoir of water.
Posy Pins are a stick pin with its very own tiny, clear vase for holding the flower.
Plants and seeds of cut flowers make very welcome gifts for those with cutting gardens. Renee’s Garden offers cut flower varieties from Europe and elsewhere.
For 2008, Renee’s is introducing Apricot Blush cutting zinnias. Richly double, these open on tall stems. The blossoms come in an array of shades from salmon-blush to apricot-rose.
Polar Bear heirloom zinnias from Renee’s is also new. The dahlia-like blooms emerge on strong, sturdy stems. Pure white, these double flowers have pale green centers.
Bridal Veil white nigella is also new from Renee’s. This can be used either as a fresh cut flower or an everlasting with decorative seed pods. Bridal Veil is unique for the white blooms, accented with black centers. Renee’s seeds are available online and at leading garden centers/nurseries.
Floral-related stationery from Galison continues to be a very popular gift item. For 2008, they've added delightful floral-inspired designs. There's a style to suit every mother. Among Galison's new introductions are Origami Lane, Botanica, and Confetti Garden with flowers being prominent in all of these.
Flower lovers would love Galison’s flower-decorated memo mouse pads. This attractive item is available in a variety of floral styles. On a small desk it saves space by being a combination memo/mouse pad. The memo pad contains 60 floral-decorated sheets, and comes on a matching full color foam mouse pad.
Along with the memo mouse pad, include a set of Galison’s new Social Notes. The set contains 20 cards of two designs and 20 color-coordinated envelopes. The Social Notes come in a beautifully decorated floral box with a folding magnetic closure. My favorite is the William Morris Petals and Vines, which features gorgeous red tulips. Other floral styles include Origami Lane, Botanica, and Confetti Garden.
To help mom get organized in style give her one of Galison’s floral decorated Pretty File Totes. Unlike most portable filing systems, these are gorgeous enough to leave in clear view on a desktop. For 2008, Galison has introduced two new floral totes, including Origami Lane and Botanica. As part of Galison’s Home Office Collection, this glamorous file system has eight dividers. With an elastic closure, it is easy to use. The heavy duty, die cut handle is easy to grasp.
Floral related books make great gifts for Mother’s Day, birthdays, and other special occasions. I highly recommend “Jessica McClintock’s Simply Romantic Decorating” from Rodale Books. I like this title because it gives an in-depth account of how to use flowers as part of a decorating scheme.
The author devotes special attention on using flowers in each room of the home. The section on flowers for dining will be particularly useful. In addition, the author shows how to use flowers as seasonal decorations.
The author explains what the romantic style of decorating is all about, and how it can be achieved tastefully without going overboard. The book provides all the background one needs on the subject. At the same time, it gives numerous examples of how one goes about achieving one’s decorating goals.
One section is devoted to specific projects with step-by-step instructions. There are even stencil templates in the appendix.