Lisa's Landscape & Design

Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time

Valentines Day

For those of you still thinking about what to do for Valentines, I believe I have a few thoughtful suggestions that could be a home run for guys and gals..this holiday is terribly wrought with pressure to get the perfect gift…sometimes nature can give loving inspiration that a box of chocolates cannot provide.

Instead of buying ridiculously overpriced Roses that will last about a week if you’re lucky, why not give a whole bush with a gift card to plant it anywhere the recipient likes ???  Some great choices are Knock Out, Pink or Red, Mutabilis, Old Blush, Electron, climbing Flame, Lady Banksia, or any number of Earth Kind Roses available just about everywhere. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/roses/

Blaze Climbing Rose, the gift that keeps on giving all year long.

Blaze Climbing Rose, the gift that keeps on giving all year long.

If your honey likes to cook, how about his/her favorite selection of herbs? It will show you pay attention and are thoughtful at the same time.  Buy a beautiful planter, potting soil and Thyme, Oregano, Cilantro, Rosemary, or any of the many delightful herbs to choose from.  Place it on the patio fully planted when they arrive home, or with a promise to do it together.

How about their favorite fruit on their very own tree? Apples, Pomegranates, Pears and Plums to name a few, all do well here and it is a gift that keeps on giving.  Does your loved one like chocolate covered goodies?  Maybe Strawberry plants, Grapes or Blackberries are the way to go.  Mmmm

A native or adapted  flowering tree reminds them all season long how much you love them...

A native or adapted flowering tree reminds them all season long how much you love them…

Garden tools, gloves, water can or garden books might be a great gift for a man or woman, I know I love to get them and if they were given with a promise to help get a new garden bed started together, really….how cool would that be.  The pinnacle honey-do-gift is a promise/gift certificate to create a garden space together.

There are also a host of statuary, garden art, fountains, wind chimes, birdhouses and benches that could symbolize your love and will be a reminder each year of how thoughtful you are.

Of course, don’t forget some chocolate with it if that is important too, but give life instead of cuttings, give sustenance instead of morsels and give structure to express the foundation you have together.

I think it is important to love each other every day like it was our last. What better way to show it than with something that lasts all year. Try something new this year. Hopefully it will inspire you to spend more time outside together, which is something we all need more of these days… a little peace on Earth 😉

Be creative people!!!

Lisa LaPaso

Lisa’s Landscape & Design

” Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time”

Quote of the day: “Earth laughs in flower.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Plant of the day: Basil… this herb can be found in many varieties and is as delicious as it is lovely. It sports beautiful flowers before it seeds and can be used in a lot of tasty dishes.

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