Monday, April 21, 2008

Green Hour #9

I had it all planned. We'd do a little gardening, and while we did that, the kids would pick a square foot (just like Barb describes) and study it.

It didn't work out that way at all! You see, this weekend, we had one nice sunny day and one wet, rainy day. The sunny day was Saturday, errand day. Go to the store and get stuff day. And it rained on Sunday.

So, we did not get to do the square foot thing (which I was sure made a wonderful 'occupation' activity). I knew I should have done it on Friday!
Instead we built a Teepee and watched this fearsome spider!

Never mind, the kids did experience some outdoor time on Saturday.

First we watched a Red bellied Woodpecker build a nest in an OLD maple at the far end of our garden. That was a little too far away to catch on camera... but then we saw an old friend!
Toady came back for a visit! I know I have blogged him before. Here is at least one post where we met him (before he was identified as a TOAD and not a frog!)

I induced M'Lady to touch him and stroke him. She actually rather enjoyed it, and was most upset to be called in just a little later.

And we investigated the new flowers (which will be added to Rebel's list very soon!).

This pretty little flower is on some kind of grass. I think it is in the flax family, but I can't remember :-o

I bought this spiderwort at the Herb Festival last year. We have two kinds now ;)

This is the famous Tudor Rose (Rosa damascena versicolor). Some people think the Tudor Rose was the Rosa mundi rose, but those in the know have decided that this is the offspring of the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster. (I think I got those right! I know I got them right because I checked... and at first I got them wrong ;))

This is Rosa pendulina a new addition to the garden just this year... and we already have a bloom!
Now, if the rain manages to let up over the next two days, we'll try to squeeze out some square time and maybe we will read this book:

(One Small Square) Backyard by Donald M. Silver


Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Gotta love that teepee! I would have loved to have a teepee like that when I was a little girl.

Your toad is very handsome indeed.

I love the Square Foot book and am using it for some of the upcoming challenges for ideas. :)

Thanks for the link,
Barb-Harmony Art Mom
PS When you get your square done could you post it?

Spinneretta said...

I adored tents and teepees as a little'un, I remember fondly the few times we were allowed one ;)

I will certainly post my square... I am seriously considering sending the children out into the rain to do it though ;) What a WET month this has been!

Melissal89 said...

Even though you didn't get in the square observation, there was some great nature study going on! I love the tepee! And all your photos are beautiful!


School for Us said...

That's some spider! And, I love the teepee and toad, too. :-)