A beautiful spring Minnesota garden in winter? YES!
Bachman’s Floral, Gift & Garden creates what’s called a “Watch ’em Grow” garden, which is pretty much exactly how it sounds: they’re small container gardens planted with a bunch of spring bulbs (Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Muscari) which are designed to bloom in the winter, so that Minnesota homes can have fabulous color and fresh live plants during this often long and dreary winter season!
We received a “Watch ‘em Grow” garden to review in our own home during this cold winter. It arrived 2-1/2 weeks ago in a nice clear plastic gift package. My family and I were excited to open it up and learn about our new garden. The bulbs had already started visibly growing above the soil.
Caring for our garden has been simple. All we’ve had to do was keep it in a well-lit area (by our kitchen window has worked) and keep the soil damp. Some days it doesn’t need watering.
On day 4 the plants had grown a few inches!
On day 8 – a week later – look how high the flowers had grown!
Every morning our kids like to see how much our garden has grown. It was especially exciting when the daffodils started blooming on day 9!
Two and a half weeks later, our garden is almost in full bloom. The tulips haven’t shown themselves yet, but it looks like all the other flowers have started to bloom.
This flower garden has been so enjoyable that I bought one for an elderly friend’s birthday, and will be getting one for our nice elderly neighbors.
Note that the scent of the flowers becomes noticeable by two weeks in, so be aware if the person you’re giving it to has scent sensitivities (like my mom and grandma do).
The Bachman’s Watch ‘em Grow garden is a perfect gift for anyone, especially elderly family members or friends, kids, or anyone else who would enjoy caring for a beautiful growing indoor garden in winter!
You can buy a Bachman’s Watch ‘em Grow garden at one of their 6 Twin Cities area stores, or you can order one online with nationwide delivery. Store locations include Lyndale (their flagship store), Apple Valley, Maplewood, Plymouth, Eden Prairie and Fridley. If you want to buy one, get one quick – when I bought one as a gift last week they said they were going fast.
They’re available in 2 sizes:
- an 8-inch pot for $19.99
- a 10-inch pot for $24.99
The pot itself is black but you can get also a moss basket for the 10-inch size for another $10. Our garden is the 10-inch size with a moss basket. I do recommend getting the moss basket as it looks nicer and avoids the need to put the pot on something to catch the water.
It makes a GREAT Valentine’s gift, too!
Plus, Bachman’s is celebrating 130 years in operation in 2015, and they’re asking their customers to help them #SpreadTheBeautiful via social shares and making note of the beauty around them, outside and in!
(Disclosure: We received a complimentary Watch ’em Grow garden to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine.)