Mother’s Day Gardening (and A Giveaway!)

This post was written as part of my partnership with MiracleGro.

Growing up in New England, Mother’s Day = planting day for my mom. Any sooner and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a late frost that kills everything, and then you have a dead garden and an empty wallet. So she would wait for early May and then spend Mother’s Day in the garden putting in plants and flowers and using the best .095 trimmer line to maintain their garden.

I’ve been planting with the kids on Mother’s Day since they were old enough to help and they love it (OMG just LOOK at tiny 2012 Evan and Caroline planting with me!!) This year Caroline asked every day if it was Mother’s Day yet because she wanted to plant “her” garden. She requested “pink and purple and pink and purple and red” flowers.

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A week or so before Mother’s Day I was contacted by Miracle-Gro to see if I’d like to try some of their new flowering plants in my plantings. I’m already a Miracle-Gro fan, since their potting soil and plant food have been life savers while I’ve been turning my black thumb into a green thumb, even if it’s still a very light shade of green. So of course I was happy to try some of their new 4.5″ annuals in my containers.

It took a few days for the plants to reach all the stores, but I’m thrilled they’re now available in most Home Depots. Evan helped me pick these up and then Caroline helped plant them.




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Caroline suggested the geranium in the old watering can. She’s got an eye for groupings already.

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I can’t wait to report back on how my plants are doing and how big they’ve gotten as the summer goes! I have two little helpers VERY happy to remind me when it’s time to water (every time we walk past the plants, obvs) so keeping them alive should be a piece of cake.

As treat for my readers, you can enter to win $100 from Miracle-Gro to get flowers of your very own! Just leave a comment on this post telling me how you might use Miracle-Gro plants in your own garden or to brighten someone else’s day. 

This post is part of my partnership with Miracle-Gro and I was compensated for my products & time. $100 gift card giveaway open to US Residents 18 years and older and is provided directly from the sponsor. Giveaway ends 5/27.2014 and 1 winner will be randomly chosen. 

Update! I drew a winner this morning and the gift card goes too…Fionnuala! Congrats! I hope you enjoy Miracle-Gro plants for your new yard!

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29 Responses to “Mother’s Day Gardening (and A Giveaway!)”

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    I would use the Miracle-Gro plants around my side yard where I have little planted and growing right now. Thank you for the chance :)

  2. Barbra says:

    I would plant them in hanging baskets! We have a serious deer pest problem – they eat everything. Literally. Even supposedly deer resistant plants. My entire neighborhood is flat except for the handful of serious gardeners that put up 12 foot fencing around their properties. I’m not a serious gardener and my dog is useless against the deer (they have zero fear of people or dogs or cars) so the only way I get color is by hanging baskets from my eaves. I never thought I would grow to very dislike cute doe eyed Bambi.

  3. Michelle says:

    I never plant annuals, so I would love to buy some to add some color to my yard!

  4. Lacey says:

    This is the first year since we moved in our new house that we’ve been able to set up flower beds and plant annuals and there’s a long way to go. This would definitely help that along a bit sooner!

  5. Amanda says:

    Miracle Gro Is my best friend. Our front garden was a pile of rocks so I have spent the last few weekends killing myself pulling out boulders and putting in plants. I would love to get some hanging baskets and possibly some planter boxes that slide in the siding of our house. The neighbor has some made of pallets that I am swooning over.

  6. Ashley C says:

    I’d love to start an herb garden for my mom in one of the beds in her front yard. I think she’d get a lot of use out of growing her on herbs!


  7. Kelly D says:

    I would use Miracle-Gro flowers as a border to my garden to brighten the overall look of my garden area.

  8. Samantha says:

    I would plant them in the front garden to brighten up our curb.

  9. Joanna says:

    Umm yeah, I am not quite still a black thumb but I’m definitely still sporting a grey thumb but maybe these would help me get to green :)

  10. Mami2jcn says:

    I would buy plants for my front porch. Thanks!

  11. Leah says:

    We spend our Mother’s Day planting too. This year I mostly potted veggies since our back yard is too shady for a real garden. I would love some flowers for the front yard though. Once the tulips go it’s going to look very dull out there.

  12. sarrible says:

    When I move to my new apartment, I’m hoping it won’t have raccoons that eat my plants (*shakes fist at Brooklyn raccoons*). So maybe next year I’ll get to have that herb garden I dream of.

    Has Caroline caught up with her age group, height-wise? She’s just so TINY in the 2012 pictures. Maybe it’s the short hair.

  13. Fionnuala Darby-Hudgens says:

    I would love Miracle Gro flowering plants for my NEW house, which in my opinion is a quintessential New England home, and NEEDS geraniums on the front steps.

  14. Stacey b says:

    Both my grandmother and Mother in law love to garden and plant new things! This would be amazing to be able to give them, as a way to say thank you for always being so good to me!

  15. Mary Jenkins says:

    I am trying to turn my patio into paradise so I would love to fill the space with miracle gro plants. I’m thinking flowers, tomatoes and strawberries.

  16. Krystle Randow says:

    I just found the cutest princess gardening gloves and little shovel for my three year old girl — We are in the deep end of the princess stage at the moment. I would love some flowers so that her and I can put her new tools to use together!

  17. Amy Orvin says:

    I would really love to use Miracle-Gro plants around my mailbox and along the sidewalk. They would really accent those areas and make me happy as well.

  18. David says:

    We like to have hanging baskets on our front porch. I would use these for that purpose.

  19. Miranda Ward says:

    I would use this to grow more veggies and can them for neighbors and friends!

  20. Seema Mehta says:

    I would use the Miracle-gro to brighten up my balcony. I need to spruce it up with this beautiful weather going on. Some pretty flowers and yummy veggies would do the trick :)

  21. Sharon says:

    I’m revamping the yard with new flowerbeds and this would go far to spread the beauty. Thanks!!

  22. Betsy says:

    Like you, I have a black thumb. Apparently, I did not inherit the gardening gene from my grandparents, who used to own a large greenhouse and flower shop. However, I do the best I can, and I really need to do some sprucing up in the front yard flower beds! The Miracle-Gro gift would give me the jumpstart I need!

  23. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I have so many things I want to plant and grow this year! Would love to use Miracle-Gro to help everything grow better!

  24. Anna Pry says:

    I’m going to build a tiered planter soon so I could use miracle gro plants to fill it!

  25. Jessie C. says:

    I would use Miracle-Gro plants in our porch.

  26. Christiana says:

    I would like to start an herb garden! My husband had a huge basil plant at our last house and I miss the fresh pesto… =)

  27. I would add some potted flower plants to our veggie garden.

  28. Andrea Rust says:

    I would buy flowers for my husband! I myself prefer vegetable plants, but my husband loves flowers, so I would buy him some!

  29. amanda whiltey says:

    i am starting a flower bed in my yard so miracle grow would help it grow