Did you know that you make amazing gifts from your flower and/or kitchen garden? Family and friends appreciate homemade and handmade gifts. Making gifts has become the norm in my house. I know my family and friends appreciate them and I save money by not having to purchase retail.
When I’m planning my summer and fall gardens, I always add extra flowers and gourds to ensure that I have enough for myself, family and friends. Here’s a list of my favorite garden items for gift giving and uses:
Dried Flowers – Plant plenty of roses, herbs, Hydrangeas, coneflowers, and wildflowers. Anything that can be used in crafts, to make potpourri, or sachets bags.
Pressed Flowers – Pansies, daisies, violets, ferns, roses, daffodils, cosmos, poppies, gladiolus, and verbenas make great pressed flowers. They are beautiful on cards, bookmarkers and in crafts. Make sure the colors are bright and vibrant when you pick them. They should also be dry when you pick them.
Dried and Fresh Herbs – Oregano, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme and Marjoram make the best dried herbs. Find a cute decorative jar, pint size jelly canning jars, put a decorative label on with the name of the herb, and tie a pretty ribbon. Grow fresh herbs in Mason Jars, tin buckets, chalk painted clay bowls, tea cups or anything imaginative. Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, and Chives make great gifts.
Gourd Birdhouses – Grow bottle gourds and make decorative birdhouses for family and friends. You can paint sunflowers on them, paint them in your family and/or friends favorite colors. Be creative. These make the perfect house for Purple Martins, Red-headed Woodpecker, Bluebirds, Tufted titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Downy Woodpecker, and Northern Flicker.
Sunflowers – Sunflowers make beautiful flower arranges. Cut a few and place them in a mason jar, tall metal vase, a boot and any other creative container. You can also dry them for floral arrangements and use the seeds to roast or feed the birds. Squirrels love to eat the sunflower heads.
Get your children involved in planting flowers and gourds. They will love painting and turning them into birdhouses. They can also remove the seeds from the sunflowers and roast them or save the seed to feed the birds during the winter months. Make sure you plant plenty of everything.