Archive for March, 2011

Don’t Forget to Water

I am a delusional gardener.  Every time spring rolls around there are visions of tulips, dahlias, peonies, and hyacinths dancing in my head.  Every year is going to be different.  This will be the year I will remember to water, prune, and whatever else it is that you do to plants.

I have to talk myself through years of plant murder every time I walk through a garden center or see plants for sale. Remember…

  • The aloe burned to a crisp because it was left in direct sunlight during 100 degree weather (who knew desert plants need shade!)
  • The time all of the plants I bought had a fungus that spread like wildfire (technically not my fault)
  • The three philodendrons I kept alive for five years until I forgot to bring them in last winter ( I don’t want to talk about it)
  • The ferns
  • The pansies

The list goes on.  I won’t bore you.

This year will be different (yeah right!).  I won’t go on a mad plant buying spree. Instead I will find other ways to unleash my inner gardener.  For instance in story time we read Planting A Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.  This is a wonderful book for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  With bold colors and simple text,  Ehlert takes children through the process of creating a beautiful garden from start to finish.  What better way to ensure that your children will have green thumbs than to start teaching them about plant care now? 

All joking aside, the following books are a marvelous way to celebrate spring and nature with the young children in your life.

  • April Foolishness by Teresa Bateman
  • Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
  • Grow It, Cook It by Deborah Lock
  • In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
  • Kids’ Container Gardening: Year Round Projects for Inside and Out by Cindy Krezel
  • Mortimer’s First Garden by Karma Wilson
  • Peek-a-bloom!by Marie Torres Cimarusti
  • Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na
  • Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
  • When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy by Valerie Fisher
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