Monday, May 5, 2014

"Nothin' Yet!"







































Don't you just adore the carefree optimism of kids? We planted little Mother's Day tins with marigold seeds last Saturday afternoon during the cousins' weekend I hosted for three oldest grandchildren. Bright and early Sunday morning they raced to check them out....but alas! "Nothin' yet!" they observed, fully confident that continuing vigilance would prove more rewarding later on that same afternoon.

I wish I could will myself to believe in a world where bright yellow blossoms pop prettily up within hours of planting on endless days full of sun and nights nestled camping at grandma's - who says it's okay to "stay up as long as you want," but still waken bustling and bright eyed at early AM to find grandpa already at griddle, making pancakes for passing to grandma who shapes dinosaurs sporting chocolate chip eyes to gobble in front of morning cartoons while strawberry syrup drizzles downward to cover the chin, attracting one of a multitude of well behaved cats into your lap to polish it off - and what comes forth from the soul is the sound of your voice: "We love being at your house, grandma!"



First step:
Digging in the dirt to fill the container.


















Step two is serious business! Poke little holes in the surface and tap in a few seeds. Those marigold ones are long and skinny and kinda goofy lookin' aren't they?





















And finally, how will mommy know what to expect unless your own seed packet alerts her with a hand painted image of the perky posies you planted just for her?

11 comments:

  1. You done good Grandma J! Just love the intense look on each face -- and what could be better than being told there is no place better than Grandma's house! You must have been beaming. Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.

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  2. Planting plants is always an exercise in patience for kids! I planted flowers with my special ed class during student teaching, and four seconds after we planted the seeds, the kids were like, "WHY AREN'T THEY GROWING???" It was a good lesson for them to learn that, unlike many things in our digitalized world, nature takes its time

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  3. I can just imagine their faces when they see that first little seedling breaking through the soil! It is well worth the wait. :)

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  4. Ah! Little ones love to see things grow! Great idea. Looks like you had a lot of fun!!

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  5. staying up late to awaken to pancakes with strawberry syrup and planting flowers in cute little buckets?! dang i wanna come over! :)

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  6. Kids are so much fun!! My grandson would love to do this:) Thanks for sharing on Four Seasons Blog Hop~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  7. Adorable idea. I hope they germinate. They children will be so excited. I didn't have luck germinating mine this year. I normally start them inside under grow lights, but decided to start them outside this year. Looks like I'll be heading to the nursery for Marigolds this season. Keep us posted.

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  8. Those pancakes sound delish! Can I stay over too?? ; ) Great being a grandma isn't it? BB2U

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  9. If Marigold seeds are ever going to sprout, it is going to be for those three wonderful grands. However, the pancake breakfast is priceless and full of memories. :-)

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  10. Lovely idea! It's always such a delight to venture into the garden with young ones. I still fondly remember the "potions" my kids would make in buckets to feed the plants.

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