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Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Day in the Garden with My Daughter

The other day while my youngest daughter was taking her morning nap my other daughter and I went out to play in the garden. It was a nice August day, very atypical as it was comfortably in the 80's. Our first stop was down to her garden. It was full of the zinnias and sunflowers that we planted several weeks ago. It's been a carefree children's garden, perfect for an almost 3 year old. She just watches it grow with no weeding and very little watering. There are plenty of weeds but the flowers stand tall above them. We can see her garden from the dinner table. This tall sunflower towers above the zinnias. Isn't it fun to look at? The head is now weighted down with its seed development but you can see how it looked when we were out.



There are very few yellow zinnias in the garden but that makes those that are there all the more striking.



What little kid doesn't stop to smell a flower? She did tell me afterward that there was no smell. Zinnias are not known for adding scents to the garden!




While attempting to get her to pose for the camera something she spied something else with her little blue eyes, probably one of many fluttering butterflies bouncing around the zinnias.



She even helped me to transplant the cuttings that had rooted the other day. It was her job to fill the pots and water after the cuttings were planted. She had help but she's off to a good start!


9 comments :

  1. What a lovely way to spend the day Dave. :) My youngest son use to help in the garden until he became a teenager, lol. I use to tell him all the names of the plants etc..His favorite job when he was between 5-8 was helping me weed. It's great to get your children involved in gardening, gives them an appreciation for nature. :)

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  2. Your daughter is a darling! What a beautiful way to spend time together. :) My younger daughter still loves to garden, and I have many wonderful memories of hours spent answering, "What's that?" :-)

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  3. PG,

    Those teenage years! My daughter will ask me "Is this a weed?" then pull the plant. She likes it too.

    Nancy,

    The question we are getting right now (repeatedly) is "why?" She's a curious little girl!

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  4. What a sweetie! My kids all garden. Jimmy doesn't do much, but my oldest son is the workhorse. I think now he expects me to ask, "Will you turn the compost?" Not a fun job but he does it. Good for the muscles. PG-good job for teenagers!

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  5. Dave, what a wonderful day you two had! She is a adorable. I have one photo of me and my dad in the garden, I was 2 years old and I treasure it! She will treasure these photos, too!

    I always wished my son had gardened with me...he wanted to run about and kick balls!

    Gail

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  6. Oh what a cute little girl! Her garden is pretty, and how lovely that she stopped to smell the flowers. I'm still shocked that not all flowers have any scent or smell. LoL, I thought they all did, until recently.

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  7. What a gorgeous helper. She is pleased with her garden. It is so important that a child understands all the processes that a seed goes through to produce us with a beautiful flower & a delicious veggie or fruit. She will truly treasure this time with her Dad for the rest of her life.

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  8. I wish I had such a cute helper in the garden! Looks like her garden is full of color and joy! A great way to teach little ones about Mother Earth! If only all children had this great opportunity, then I truly believe we would have a better world to live in...

    Ah, the “Why” stage. Kind of makes you feel so smart doesn’t it? The kicker is, when they ask why and you don’t know the answer! argggg. Those big eyes are cast upon you waiting for the answer. lol.

    What wonderful memories you two are making...

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  9. What a cutie she is! You both must be thrilled with how wonderful her garden turned out.

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