Sunday, August 21, 2011

My new gardening buddy?

I spent most of Saturday helping my sister and her husband get their yard in shape in preparation for putting their house up for sale. I won't get into it now, but while I was planting some asters, I started to wonder if maybe "staging" in gardening/landscaping is a business not yet explored. I digress ...

When I came home late Saturday afternoon and stepped out of the car, looking awesomely filthy, I did my usual quick tour of the garden

I said "Hi" to my handsome looking Miscanthus 'Morning Light':       

Noticed the Sorghastrum 'Sioux Blue' (Blue Indian Grass) has made great strides after planting only a little stub of a plant this spring: 

Questioned why the Chelone glabra (Turtlehead) looks like hell each summer as the blooms quickly turn to a state of death:   

When my daughter suddenly ran out of the house in a state of euphoria. She had something really important to show me and ordered that I come in the house ... pronto.

You don't tell my daughter "no" so I headed inside. When I entered, she had my camera in hand and made me look at the photos my wife had taken earlier that morning. She looked over my shoulder as I went through them and provided commentary:

"Look Dad, I cut the flowers myself and didn't care about all the bees. Aren't you proud of me?":       

"They smelled sooooo good": 

"Look, I even ... what's the word? Arranged them":

I was grinning from ear to ear (most excited by the non fear of the bees) and then learned she now has her own set of gloves and shovel and she can't wait to use them. If it weren't raining all day today, we would have been getting our hands dirty for sure. I need to jump on this opportunity and feed her interest so I can truly have a "gardening buddy."



  1. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. If we're lucky!

  2. How nice! Nice you're getting rain too. We can barely keep a few things alive.

  3. Thats so sweet. She will learn so much from you.

  4. Wonderful! I just love to see another one 'cross over' to gardening. It's a lifetime of fun!
    Congrats on your new gardening buddy in the making!

  5. My little gardening buddy used to help me planting gladiolus corms. I was carefully spacing them in the row, looked behind me and my two year old was expertly picking them up and tossing them aside as quickly as I could put them down.

    Now she's heading back to university in a week, but there is hope. She and I rooted some mint a couple of weeks ago, and Saturday we bought an African Violet for her room.

    Enjoy your apprentice - it goes so fast.

  6. And what a beautiful little gardening buddy you have. Everyday in the garden will be lighter working next to that bright smile. Enjoy the time with her.

  7. Great story! It's always nice to have a lil' helper!

  8. WOOT the beginning of a Legacy how sweet is that! <|;-) just think of the wonderful stories she will have to share about the two of you in the garden together good growing Dad your rubbing off on her Annie I so enjoy sharing fond memories of the things my father shared with me and I share them with you now through Moo Poo Tea!

  9. Gode billeder.
    Jeg kan bedst li` de 2 sidste billeder. Man kan rigtig se hvor stolt pigen er af sin smukke buket.
    Tak for kigget.

  10. Gardening is wonderful for all ages. Not only will you be growing plants, you will make some memories.


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