I know it's early to think about St. Patrick's Day with our hearts set on Valentine's Day, but this project requires a little time to grow. I ordered "Lucky Shamrock" bulbs so we could make a leprechaun garden and some gifts for teachers. They are supposed to bloom in 4-5 weeks from planting, so hopefully, we'll be right on time.
We used this glass jar from Target for our garden setting. Little J lined it with pea gravel, added soil, and planted a few shamrock bulbs. He decorated the top with shamrock shaped pebbles and gold coins. We have some little wooden houses that he is going to paint green and put in here too.
The inspiration for this jar is from one of our favorite St. Patty's Day books, A Fine St Patrick's Day, by Susan Wojciechowski. It's about two towns that have a yearly competition to decorate for St. Patty's day. Along comes a strange little man needing help. One town denies him help and the other abandons their plans to help him, even at the cost of winning the contest. Hopefully, in a few more weeks we can show you some beautiful shamrocks.
I ordered bulbs from this company, Easy To Grow Bulbs.com. They arrived in wonderful condition just days after I ordered them. I was very pleased with their customer service as well. -Just so you know, I did not receive anything free from them or any incentive to blog about them. It just took me awhile to find what I wanted for this project and thought I would save anyone interested in doing one too the time and hassle.