Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Feels Like Summer.
What a glorious day. It was 80º. Just one day only, but that is enough.
This morning we met a fellow mom blogger and her two boys at our local botanical garden to let the boys run and play. And run (and run and run and run) they did! A and G both had a blast, and after only 45 minutes were hot, tired, and done. A said he hadn't felt this hot in AGES.
From there we visited a local garden center to pick up a few things, and to arrange delivery of mulch. Back at home, the boys helped me prep the rest of the garden until the delivery came. After that, we shoveled, raked, and smoothed mulch (for hours!). Such a summery day!
The boys are so great in the garden. They are young, so I wouldn't say they "help" (things take longer when they are involved), but they participate whole-heartedly and happily. Today they used their shovels to load their dump trucks with mulch, drive the trucks to the beds, and dumped their loads.
We found some lawn decorations this week as well--gnomes and rain gauges. All good to make the boys feel that this is their garden too. The gnomes visited many places throughout the garden this afternoon - and settled in great spots. We have a few craft projects coming up to make some more garden decor - just right for little hands.
We also planted some things today - 2 red currant bushes (yay!), swiss chard, cabbage, peas, beans, and some flower seed to cover the utilities. We added some soil amendments to our square patch, and will soon plant some root veggies there. We also have soil for pots. So much more to do!
It was a long day of work, but we broke it up with lots of play - bubbles, t-ball, basketball, and bicycling. A has also been carrying around a notebook and writing the words for everything we are doing. "Mom, how do you spell mulch?" I think A fell asleep before his head hit the pillow tonight - tired, happy boys.
The forecast is rain, cooler temps, and clouds. But that is just right for me. The yard looks great, some things are planted, and I need a day inside!