Spring flowers: Our Time of Gifts week 33

Last October, Austin and I planted some bulbs, in the hope that we might be able to grow some Spring flowers, to give away as presents. This is what the pots looked like, once we’d finished:

Spring bulbs

And, over the last couple of weeks, we’ve begun to see the flowers of our small bit of labour. The occasional spot of brilliant sunshine has coaxed out a few daffodils. And the grape hyacinths are starting to peek out their indigo heads.

2014-03-02 10.51.29crop Spring flowers To be honest, I’d forgotten I’d intended to give away the flowers that grew from those bulbs.

But then, a friend who lives round the corner gave birth to a baby boy. I was sitting in the garden, wondering what to give her to say congratulations, when I remembered that I’d planted the seeds of some perfect gifts last Autumn. Exactly the sort of thing for a Spring baby.

2014-03-02 10.52.27crop Austin and Gwen are super-excited about the new baby (Austin keeps asking me when I’m going to have one. Yikes…..)

2014-03-02 11.32.25crop Once we’d finished transplanting a few mini daffodils and hyacinths to the basket, all four of us (D included) set off down the road.

And yes, I know I have a fair way to go before I can ditch the day job and set up business as a flower arranger. But – as well as being able to leave a small surprise on the doorstep of a friend – this was a great way to teach the children about planting, growing and giving flowers.

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Have you given any floral gifts recently?

This post is part of Our Time of Gifts, my year-long adventure in sharing. Each week, I’ll loan or giving something away, then see what the universe brings to my doorstep.

Click here to find out more about Our Time of Gifts.

I’m linking this post up with Mammasaurus’ How Does Your Garden Grow linky, while she’s in Tanzania to support Comic Relief.

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25 thoughts on “Spring flowers: Our Time of Gifts week 33

  1. That’s so lovely idea. We too planted bulbs which are just coming up now-the first daffodils have appeared and the tulips are coming but we put them in bigger pots. Such a nice thought to have them as gifts and a lovely way to celebrate a new baby too πŸ™‚
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  2. Wow that basket looks good, your friend is very accomodating to have a baby just as your daffs are flower. The pic of your little boy carrying the basket is so cute. #gdygg
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  3. This is such a good idea, I’d love to do the same. I love the picture of Austin carrying the basket.

  4. I remember reading your original post Nell, so its lovely to see how they have grown. Grape hyacinths are beautiful. Such a lovely gift. I’m inspired to do something like this for a friend I know xx
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  5. Such a cute idea. I used to make my own bouquets for friend and family as I was studying floristry for a while and really enjoyed putting a personal touch on things. I bet she was delighted with her gift. Wish I had somebody leaving spring pots on my doorstep. Love the stripy blue and white of the shed I presume, looks gorgeous and beach hut-like.
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  6. Oh how very lovely of you Nell – and I think it looks jolly smashing! you are such a good egg – there’s nothing that says Spring more than daffodils is there? She must have been chuffed!
    Sorry about the delay in commenting, I’m back from my trip now and loving reading through all the posts. And as usual – thanks for joining in x
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  7. What a lovely project ‘Our Time of Gifts’ is! And what a perfect gift for a springtime new addition, I am sure your friend will love having such a thoughtful present that’ll brighten up those tired newborn weeks… #blogclub
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  8. What a lovely idea. Takes more forethought than I think I would manage! We did have some blackcurrant and gooeseberry cuttings in pots though which we used to give the head teacher when she retired last year. The girls decorated a terrracotta pot and then we planted a blackcurrant in it. I think she appreciated the effort and it cost very little – just a new pot from Wilkos! #blogclub
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  9. What a beautiful basket of flowers. I know I would be very happy to find one such as this on my doorstep πŸ™‚

  10. Such a meaningful gift idea. You said congratulation to your friend with beautiful flower gifts on new baby born that’s really a so lovely gift idea. I really love your flower gift idea.
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