DISCLAIMER: Today’s post is sponsored by Monrovia, but my love for their plants is all my own!
Every year this happens.
Multiple times a year.
Jeremy knows it is coming….my birthday, Easter, Mother’s Day, anniversary, just because….and sometimes (ok, ok, most of the times) he is at a loss. What does he buy me? The girl that doesn’t like him to spend a whole lotta money and sentimental things always mean oh-so-much-more. Well, I have one sure-fire-go-to-always-puts-a-smile-on-my-face gift. It’s this.
And yesterday Jeremy said that he had a surprise for me. He was driving me to the garden center at lunch time and we were going to add another Monrovia hydrangea to my collection.
It was to celebrate the new baby…not as a birth tree…but for me, kinda like a pregnancy present. Both Weston and LJ fell asleep so he stayed in the car while I ran in and got to shop in complete peace and quiet….which is frankly an unbelievable experience. My little sister even met us there and we haven’t laughed that hard about plant names in at LEAST three months 🙂
Sooo….I know that it is weird….to ask for plants….specifically flowering shrubs for holidays. I know that not everyone wants a plant…or thinks a bush is as exciting as jewelry or as luxurious as spa visits or as sexy as new shoes….but I am here to tell you that it is really the best gift ever and here are three reasons why….
#1 – Flowering shrubs produce flowers and memories for you YEAR after YEAR
I love flowers…I really do…they are gorgeous and they smell good and they make me smile….they are like Jeremy in that respect 🙂 And with flowering shrubs, I know that I get the reminder of Mother’s Day 2012 every time I see those blooms. It’s the perfect way to enjoy your curated garden. You can literally celebrate your holidays all over again with each bud.
#2 – Flowering shrubs don’t go out of style, stop fitting or decrease in value
Who here has gotten a gift and then two years later can’t wear it, doesn’t like it, or wishes they could exchange it for something different? C’mon. My hand is already in the air. That really doesn’t happen with beautiful quality flower-bearing plants. They get bigger and bloomer (that’s a word) and they fit just about everyone. And they absolutely never go out of style. They are a classic.
#3 – Flowering shrubs are a staple of exterior improvements
I kinda have a thing for improving our home. I am a big believer that you first do the exterior…then bathrooms…then kitchen….then everything else. You do the exterior first because it takes some time for those smaller plants to grow. And you want to buy the smaller plants because sometimes that is all that is available….and most times that is what is affordable. Not everyone can drop a couple hundred buckeroos on a fully grown plant. So if you want to improve your exterior, remember that the recipe for success is usually paint, hardware and plants.
Now that you are fully convinced that you want a flowering shrub, all you have to do is say “BRING ME ANOTHER SHRUBBERY!”. Works every time. Especially if you are already in a garden center. (name that movie)
No….actually you will want to pick something out that will thrive in your particular area, water availability and climate. So click here and punch in your zip code and all these great plant suggestions will pop up that will have a good time partying in your yard.
So when I was at the garden center I was specifically shopping for a Monrovia hydrangea but I wanted something a little different. I have several different varieties of hydrangeas in my garden already and I wanted to keep with that theme….different variety that had loads of blooms.
After all was said and done, I went with the Monrovia Enchantress Hydrangea. It is a reblooming hydrangea so all summer long, I should be getting sweet little reminders of my new little babe. Of course, I hopefully will also be HOLDING the baby…so that is a big reminder too 🙂 Monrovia is a brand name and they have plants that are available at garden centers and Lowe’s so there is probably some you can find in your area….but the best part about the brand is that they have lots of tips so if your chronic black thumb is acting up, they can help.
I brought it home and today I am sticking it in the ground with my Mother’s Day 2012 endless summer hydrangea, my Mother’s Day 2013 Nikko Blue hydrangea and my Dooley hydrangeas that I got last year for our anniversary. And now is the perfect time to plant here in Georgia…so hopefully I can find my shovel in the mess of my garage.
So that is my go-to gift….hydrangeas…what is yours? What brings a smile to your face each holiday? And have you been gardening? We have gotten so much rain it is crazy but hopefully that means that we will have a great ‘greening’ up when the sun comes out. Have you been plant searching? I swear I get lost in that endless cycle of learning about different plants…it’s my version of Fifty Shades of Gray….it’s Fifty Shades of Green!