Make A "Grow Ornament"
A great holiday activity for kids (of all ages) is to make a "grow ornament". This is basically homemade paper formed into an attractive shape into which seeds are pressed. The paper is then dried and can be used as an ornament on a tree or around the home. After the holidays, take the ornament and lay it on the soil, and cover with a very thin layer of soil and water to start your seeds growing. You can also use this technique to make a greeting card or gift card. JMG Kids Online provides details on how to make a grow ornament.
Favorite or New Plant
'Mauve Dancing Girl' Ginger
Commonly referred to as "dancing ladies" or "dancing girls", Globba winitii is one of my favorite types of ginger, producing 2-foot tall plants with intricate blooms from summer to fall. The plants display downward arching blooms with colorful bracts and yellow flowers that appear to dance in the air around the bracts. 'Mauve Dancing Girl' is a selection that mauve-purple bracts and bright yellow flowers. The bloom stalks make great cut flowers that last very a long time. Give this ginger a spot in bright shade, with well-drained soil that has been amended with plenty of compost. Maintain moderate soil moisture for best results.