I will never forget the summer afternoon when Connor said “Let’s play garden Mama!” I have loved gardening and houseplants for long time. I remember spending a lot of time outside growing up digging in the dirt and helping water. By far the most exciting part of being a homeowner was to be able to garden to my heart’s delight! But gardening with two kids is never easy. Gardening with one kid isn’t easy! I figured that if I at least let him help, he would might be more willing to let me get some weeding done.
This past weekend we spent as much time outside as we could. We bought a few annuals and planted a few hanging baskets and boxes. Kevin even put up a window box that a friend had found me at a yard sale last summer. Both kids were more than excited to help. Connor loves picking out plants at the nursery. We have to be careful to reign him in! This year he was all about the geraniums. I am not a huge fan, but try as might I couldn’t talk him out of it! As a result, his choose really drove the color scheme of the baskets this year.
Connor loves digging in the garden and looking for bugs. Lately he has been on the hunt for worms and he wants to bring them inside! This weekend it was all about the “scrubs”. Don’t try and tell him they are called grubs. He won’t believe you! One of Connor’s favorite books is the Diary of a Worm. It is adorable picture book that is very funny, but also manages to squeak in some facts about worms too.
We also read The Dandelion Seed which tells the story of the life cycle of a dandelion flower which beautiful illustrations. Of course it makes it a bit challenging to try and weed the dandelions out of my flower beds when Connor is watching! He is very protective on them! He loves to blow the dried seeds when the dandelion is fluffy. I just tell him to blow in the direction of the neighbor’s lawn!
Amelia definitely liked digging in the dirt too! She has become quite the flower thief. I have trained Connor to at least pick with long enough stems to put in a vase. Amelia – not so much. She will even pick them before they bloom!
We are looking forward to a long, long summer of outside play and learning more and more about how gardens grow.
Let’s play garden Mama!