I think it's been a long time since I talked about my grandma Judy, or my "ubuella," as she liked to be called. Grandma Judy was a bright, shining light in a very dull world, and while I didn't realize it at the time, she taught me a lot of life lessons while I was growing up. No matter what her circumstance in life, my grandma embraced life and found joy in the little things, like spending time with her great-grandchildren and gardening. I've teamed up with Miracle-Gro to promote their Gro Something Greater sponsored campaign in memory of my grandma Judy because if there was anything she grew in her life, it was JOY.
I want to grow joy too, and I'm doing it in small ways every day. One of those ways is by bringing my love of the outdoors, and beautiful things, into my home. Grandma Judy had a green thumb, and spent her life growing flowers, arranging flowers, and selling them for a living.
I have always loved the idea of having a garden, and I've tried it a few times, but it never took. So I've decided to try something a little different - I'm growing an indoor garden!
Indoor gardens can be very simple but still deliver a beautiful, powerful result! I've started with just two purple hyacinth plants, but will be adding more as time goes by. I am going to incorporate some succulents next, as they are so simple to grow and look so pretty sitting on a shelf.
To create your own indoor garden, you don't need a big investment at all! I went to Walmart and bought a few inexpensive glasses in the crafting section. The small one was $3.97 and the larger one was $4.97. I bought two hyacinths for just .98¢ each, and a small bag of Miracle-Gro potted plant soil for about $7.00. I still had some leftover soil since I only had two things to plant, so I am storing it in the utility room until I get more plants!
You can arrange your indoor garden on a window sill, a tabletop or a shelf or bookcase - wherever there's a lot of natural sunlight and if your house is like mine, the cats can't get into them! Some plants and flowers are toxic for your household pets, so make sure to do some research before you put any plants within reach of your fur babies!
I think of Grandma Judy every time I pass by my bookshelf and smell these hyacinths - purple was her favorite color.
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