Friday, August 27, 2010

My 3 Year Old’s Flower Garden

Included in my post on gardening with children was the tip to allow children to have their own garden. Below is Andrew’s garden. He picked out all of the flowers himself and helped plant them.August2010 174 It is heavy on orange flowers because one of our gardening rules is that he is only allowed to pick orange flowers: August2010 173Allowing a child to pick out their own flowers, teaching them their names, and discussing the plant’s growing needs is a great way to pass on gardening skills. I don’t have a picture of his garden since it has filled out, but I have snapped a couple of close ups of the Black Eyed Susans:August2010 192
August2010 193 We have come to a compromise on my son’s “favoritist flower ever”: Gerber Daisies. Since his favorite flower is an orange Gerber Daisy, he is technically allowed to pick them. However, he is always very sad that they don’t last long after picked (and carried all over the yard). So I have planted his Gerber Daisies in little pots that he can carry with him without doing much damage. August2010 153This solution makes us both very happy. Well, except for the fact that he now carries my container garden all over the backyard, but I am trying to remain philosophical about that.August2010 155 To view gardens from all around the world, visit Flaunt Your Flowers Friday at Tootsie Time. fertilizer Friday

6 comments:

vickie said...

He is getting so big and he is so cute-I love your rule about which flowers to pick.
vickie

Alea said...

Oh Vickie, I am so happy to see you here! I didn't know that you started blogging again, but I am so excited to catch up. Going to spend the afternoon reading A Day on the Urban Farm.

Alison said...

Oh, he looks like such a sweetie! He looks so cute with his nose in that Gerber daisy. My "Little One" has flown the nest (he's 28), but you have great ideas for getting kids interested in gardening.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

A junior gardener in progress. He is so cute.

Rebecca said...

sweet!

I love the pics, your philosophy, and your follow through.

Maureen said...

Whatever it takes! The art of negotiation!