Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Child's Garden of Verse

After buying some annuals and planting them yesterday I realized I bought too many. What to do with all the extras??

This morning we put into action an idea we've been thinking about for a couple of weeks...use the kids' old sandbox as a child's garden.

We headed out to Home Depot and bought some soil and a few more flowers - chosen by the girl since this was to be her garden and she was paying for it all. Her budget was $15 (she decided on the amount). She bought a geranium and some petunias - I also bought some Swedish Ivy (in honor of our heritage) and another ivy type plant I can't remember the name of.

I tried to let her do as much of the work as possible without interfering too much.

The ladybug's eyes look kind of creepy all broken like that so we may have to remove them. :)

The Flowers
Robert Louis Stevenson
All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener's garters, Shepherd's purse,
Bachelor's buttons, Lady's smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.

Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames--
These must all be fairy names!

Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!

Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all.


Anonymous said...

The garden looks so cute!! DD did a fantastic job!

CanadianGrandma said...

What a great idea to make a flower garden out of an old sandbox! Don't remove the eyes...they look tearful...sad looking...

Edi said...

ummm if the eyes look tearful and sad looking why would we NOT want to remove them??? I'm just talking about removing the whites...maybe the girl could paint some new eyes on it :)

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