Week 9, Mother Nature

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Aiden spent the majority of last week away at science camp, singing campfire songs, hiking and learning in the great outdoors. While he was away, I took the opportunity to spend more time with Søren outdoors as well.

This week I’ve partnered with Monrovia to start our spring garden. I know it sounds weird with so much snow in other parts of the world, but the state of California is in a severe drought, so we are not having much of a Winter this year. Since Søren loves to be outside and help, I wanted to give him a couple of plants to take care of. I chose plants that require a very low amount of water, also known as water wise succulents. I thought they would be easier for him to care for, and they would be a nice introduction to caring for a summer garden.

Søren was very excited about the whole process, from choosing the plants at the nursery to potting them at home. We talked about the more spikey succulents, and the different colors. The Ruffles Echeveria and Hooker’s Pachyphytum were his favorite. For sake of not having a toddler saying the word “Hooker” out loud, I left out the actual name of the plants in conversation, and he calls them his “suck-u-entz”. I think my biggest challenge will be to keep him from over-watering them. I’m sure we will have lots of talks about how these plants are water wise, or smart about how they use their water.

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52 Weeks Project is a portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2015. To see the whole series, click here.

Did you ever plant a garden or flowers as a child? Do you keep one now?


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5 thoughts on “Week 9, Mother Nature

  1. I love gardening! I am counting down the days until we’re out of winter and I can turn my back patio into what I call Project Narnia! I get such huge satisfaction out of planting and growing things. Everytime a plant flowers, or produces fruit, or even buds, I get excited. Great photos by the way.

  2. We don’t have any plants in our house. I wish we did. I love the story about trying to keep Soren from saying ‘Hooker’ hahahaha! I love the pots and plants that you guys chose. I just try to have fresh flowers in the house all the time as they make me feel happier. It’s kind of weird how plants have that effect on us!

    Katie <3

  3. I have only one plant that I have had since college. It’s a Christmas Cactus and blooms every Christmas. It’s the only thing that I haven’t killed and it is getting bigger each season.

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