A Touch of Spring with (Fake) Flowers

Why fake, you might ask? Because I've tried the real ones. And by tried I mean kept them alive for about a week and then...well, it was very sad because they were really pretty.

Here's a picture of my then live flowers from back in September...
Ooo, and another one I just found...
(see how the ones in the back are starting to lean? it was the beginning of their demise)

After I lost two sets of the Gerbera daisies, I decided that was it for flowers in the classroom for me. I couldn't bear it anymore (Gerbera's are my favorite!).

Anyhow, now that it's finally springy and sunshiny and all, I've been wanting some flowers for our classroom again. Don't worry, I've learned my lesson and decided to play it safe...
...with fake flowers!

I love how full and bright they are! And they really make our doorway more welcoming.
Do you keep plants in your classroom? Real ones or fake? 

I keep Atlantic salmon too, but I promise you they are safe in their tank. :)


  1. Atlantic Salmon! Nice!

    I don't have any flowers but you've inspired me to make some fake sets to spruce things up.

  2. I also have fake flowers in my classroom! LOL! I guess I'm not alone. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. I have plants near my window. One plant flowers all summer and then goes dormant until April,so it 'looks dead' most of the winter. The other plant is leafy. It has shockingly tripled in size this year. If you want something really you have to get something hearty. I had a gerber daisy die on me last year!


  4. Pretty, Kristen!!! The colors brighten up everything:) I kill all things living. Oops, let me rephrase...I kill all plants. So, fake ones might be a great idea for me, too!

    Happy Spring!!!

    Fun in Room 4B

  5. I'm right there with you! Fake red daisies in the classroom, real Chinook salmon in the tank. :)

    Parents give me plants as gifts sometimes, which is very kind and thoughtful. I feel bad though, because to me it is like I've been given a chore: make sure you work hard to keep this thing alive! But it doesn't matter how hard I try, I can nurture learners but not plants! Oy vey. At least the salmon are doing well! Ours are being released the week of May 5th. :)

  6. I am terrible with flowers! Even at home :/ Fake sound like a great idea!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  7. I sometimes go to the grocery store and buy some of those cheaper, but beautiful, $6.99 bouquets for my classroom. I also have a very large spider plantthat has what seems like millions of babies on it. It was "gifted (aka left for me) from the teacher who retired and was in my room before me. We are going to root the babies this week and use them for Mother's Day gifts.
    I've heard that you should have 12 plants in an average sized classroom to help keep the air clean.

  8. My thumbs are not green. My plants are fake.

    At the beginning of the year PTO asks us to fill out a favorites file. I write "no flowers, please" on mine. Actually, I write "no coffee", too.


  9. I LOVE it! I think I'll be fake flower shopping this weekend, my class could use some freshening up!

  10. Your flowers look beautiful.
    I have fake flowers on my desk. I house them in a yellow bucket (similar to yours) however, my flowers are all attached to pencils. So, my students borrow my pencils and I always know where my pencils are.

  11. The flowers are great! I tried plants but I don't have green thumb. Wonderful post! I’m having a giveaway please stop by http://littlelearnersinc.blogspot.com/2013/04/science-writing-and-art-oh-my-and.html

  12. I had daisies at the beginning of the year and promptly killed them, even though I watered them every day. I think I will just make a wreath for the outside of my door after testing is over that I can re-use next spring.


  13. Love the fake flowers! I am soooo gonna steal, I mean borrow, your idea for my classroom! ;-)

    Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff

  14. I am without a "green thumb" as well. When I was a homeroom teacher, we had beta fish and those mini frogs. We had cactus like plants that stuck around longer, but were not pretty. I usually bought bouquets of flowers only for open house and conferences.

  15. I have TONS of fake flowers in my room! They give my room such a burst of energy, and I got them from the dollar store! I could have never kept up with real ones! Your room looks great!

    Young Teacher Love 5th Grade Blog

  16. These are so pretty and would be much harder for me to kill! The thumbs are black over here! I do have to laugh when people "plant" them in their yards and leave them in after they've totally faded. Ummm you're not fooling anyone!

    Fluttering Through First Grade

  17. well those fake ones look pretty good! I have one live plant left. Its a "money tree" and it's pretty hardy. I have two fake trees, too. Rachel

  18. I don't but only cause I am not a big plant person. :)


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