Garden Friday – A Child’s Flower Garden
Spring really is here! And it is one wet week in the PNW.
I know I usually make this space about veggies, but I have to share something special we did in our family this week. It is spring break here and I’ve been trying to make sure I do something special with my eldest (he is a verbal 4.5 years old) each day as we transition into a family of 4. He came home the other day from a bike-ride with his father chattering non-stop about the flowers. Spring around here means that many houses are lined with beautiful bulbs and other perennials right now. Apparently, while riding (in the street – because we arethat biking family), a conversation went something like this:
Child: Look at those <insert various colors> flowers in that yard!
Father: yes, they are beautiful
Child: I have an idea! We can ride on the sidewalk today so that I can stop and smell all the flowers.
Father: Alright. Let’s do it.
Child: Papa, we need beautiful flowers at our house.
Father: That is your mother’s domain. Ask her when you get home.
So, when they got home, the kid was chattering about flowers and needing to plant some in our yard. I said, great – just you and me – let’s go on Wednesday to pick some out.
And we did just that. I took him to the locally owned nursery. He picked the wagon, he pulled the wagon, he picked out the type of flowers and chose the actual plants. Luckily, I had the foresight to set an agreed amount of plants BEFORE we entered because my kid apparently has expensive tastes; he was instantly enamored with the perennials – hyacinths, daffadils, Iberis, Woodland Phlox, and Corydalis. Who can blame him? The hyacinths do look and smell lovely. But he stuck to his 6 pots without complaint. We came home, he picked the spot he wanted them to go. (Well, actually, he wanted them against the fence line in the back yard – I talked him into doing back and front yard, helping him split the plants in order to do so.) He picked the planting arrangement.
Now I have these cute little plants in a corner of my overgrown yard that desperately needs work. It isn’t what I would have chosen or how I would have laid them out; I’ll probably have to move the hyacinths after this season because they are sitting north of a small fence. But the kid is sooo excited to check on them everyday. And every spring I’ll be reminded of my 4-year-old who wanted to stop and smell/plant the flowers.
Have your small children helped shape your garden?