Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Picking New Garden Flowers-Green Hour Challenge #12

I thought I would share a little of our family's gardening history in our Green Hour Post this week. We have always been a gardening sort of family and the kids have grown up with their hands in the dirt. Each child has had their own garden box and when spring rolls around they get busy planting. This is my youngest son working in his garden in 2001....that would have made him five years old. I think the look on his face says it all.

This year he has planted a zuchinni, some spinach, and is now going to add some dill and some violoas to his box. He has herbs from last year growing...chives, oregano, and basil I think.

We went to Home Depot to look for some new things and he wanted something colorful and he wanted seeds so we found some on this really big rack of seed packets. He also picked out a pepper called "garden salsa" and this one he wanted as a seedling. I picked up some morning glories after being inspired by Jenn and I also picked out some coleus seeds for my pot on my back deck.

Our nature study this week has been filled with observing each morning the signs of a skunk in our backyard. Here is what it looks like. They make swirly holes looking for grubs and other tasty treats. I am so glad they are doing this in the unlandscaped side of our yard and not in the grass....yet.

Can you believe how busy these guys are looking for things to eat? Here is my son's drawing for his nature journal of a striped skunk.

We had another relaxed Green Hour week with a little time each day in the garden and observing birds and reptiles in our backyard. We did have one really sad incident. The baby blue jays that we had in a nest near our window were taken by some bird and then the nest was damaged so there are no longer any babies for us to observe. It has been hard on everyone to watch the "circle of life" drama this week.

I hope that everyone else has an enjoyable week for their Green Hour. Remember, you do not have to focus on garden flowers if you are into another focus or you have something else in mind for your family. I am giving suggestions and you can use your Green Hour time any way you want to....please share using Mr. Linky.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

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