Posted: 12/10/2013 at 19:36
What I would do to get you started is go to Homebase or B&Q and but buy some winter pansies and viola's. I noticed they were quite resonable price last week. Buy some containers, plasitic will survive the frost and ice. Use a good multi-purpose compost, like 'Miracle-Gro'. You can then place them outside near a window for the lady to look at. Just keep them moist if the compost looks dry. To see if they do need watering, just stick your whole finger in the compost, if it feels damp no need to water.
When the flowers fade, you will see a little seed pod. Pick those off for continue flowering. You can keep those pods, dry them out and the seeds will burst out for sowing next time, but that's if you want to when you are up to speed.
Hope that helps for now, don't hesitate to get back to the forum. We are here to help