It is a Mother's Day tradition now that my mom and I got to a local, family-run nursery and buy flowers for the yard. These are then ceremonious taken home, and left to dry out in their little plastic pots. Sometimes I get them in the ground and revived. But it sure is fun picking them out.
This year I had the boys pulling the wagon for me. Its one of those moments that hits me oddly. When joey was Andy's age, he did not pull the wagon. He did not try to pull the wagon. I spent most of the time chasing him among the flower-tables, but he never even saw the flowers. He had been in school most of a year, and had about 25 words. If I bothered to move about two feet, I could pick up his baby book and tell you what the 25 words were. "Flower" was not one of them.
This year, Andy was all about the flowers, the wagon, and the brothers wanted Mommy to pull, then Andy wanted to pull Brother (Mom had to help), then Joey wanted to pull, then they both wanted to pull the flowers for me, and they both wanted Grandma to watch. Andy did a lot of hard pulling. We could discuss it as a sensory issue., all the heavy work, but what fun is that? Andy wanted a plant, he got his own grape tomato plant, he LOVES grape tomatoes. I hope we get a chance to plant it together tomorrow. Joey wanted a blue flower. I found some purple verbena, and that seems to do. I also got some geraniums for the front, and some dahlias, and some thyme to spread on the little paths- they'll smell good as boy feet crush them. I may try to track down some more to edge the yard. I have a lot of mint already growing. They didn't have any lemon thyme or pineapple sage, so I'll have to go elsewhere. Before I had boys, we'd get herbs at the Cathedral, but I doubt I'll get up there- again. I'd also like some lamb's ear, because it would be soft and be another good edging, another texture, another smell, and the silvery leaves add another color.
I know- just what SID kids need- a sensory-overload garden.