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Perfect gift for moms who deserve buckets of love

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 12, 2007


Sunday is Mother's Day. Here's a way to dress up the flowers you buy her. You'll need three tin buckets (each 4 inches high and 4 inches in diameter); magnetic letters to spell out your message (these and the buckets are available at crafts stores); a bunch of tree fern (about 25 stems); four stems of stargazer lilies, four stems of pink gerbera daisies, and a dozen pink roses (or the flowers of your choice); three rubber bands; and floral clippers and preservative.

Cut the flower stems to about 8 inches. Arrange them in three tight clusters - one kind of flower per cluster - with all the heads at the same height, working in some fern. Turn each bouquet upside-down and rubber-band the stems together. Then set each bouquet in a bucket so you can gauge the height, and trim the stems so the heads of the flowers peer out over the edges of the tins.

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