Sam-Planting With Toddlers

April 4, 2008 at 8:23 pm Leave a comment

Want to have fun at a plant nursery?  Take a toddler or two.

 

Last weekend I went to the nursery and took the twins.  I knew what I wanted, I knew I wanted to get it fast and get out before Parker and Maddie started their usual shenanigans. 

 

First off, this is one of those nurseries that have Red Flyer wagons for you to use to load up and tote around your plants.  This was great because the twins love wagons.  I gave each one a wagon to pull and everyone was happy.  I picked out my plants and put a few in each wagon to keep the peace.  Then when my back was turned a little yellow pot with a flower appear in the wagon.  Turns out Maddie had picked out something she liked.  Well, I just had to buy it.  It was one of those daddy moments: aw, she picked out a flower, I’ll plant it and nurture it and in 20 years I’ll show it to her and tell her the story of the day she picked it out…sniff.

 

So we’ve got the wagons partly loaded with my plants and Maddie’s yellow thing.

 

At this point I told the twins to stay by the wagons as I walked around a hanging plant section to look for something.  Fear not, I could still keep my eye on them if anything  happened.

 

I spent about 60 seconds breezing through the hanging baskets and turned to go back to the wagons when I see Parker with a small potted plant…he glances at me and turns to run with it.  I speed up my walk back to the wagons and lo and behold both wagons are filled with little purple potted plants…at least 15 or so.  Parker and Maddie had decided to load all the plants from this stand next to the wagon.

 

Now I have to break the bad news to them that we cannot buy all of these, but I appreciate their efforts.  So we have to put all the flowers back on the stand.

 

Luckily since they are toddlers they forget about it real quick and once again we are on the way to check out with each of them pulling their wagons.

 

The second phase of this operation was planting the plants with the twins.  They both wanted gloves…luckily I had extras. And they both wanted mini-trowels…got that covered too.  The problem came when I was knee deep in dirt and shovels and shrubs.  That’s when they decided it was time to start taking all the lava rock out of the garden.  They loaded up a bucket on my patio, put some in a swing seat, some on the slide and others were scattered around the yard.  So in addition to planting I was making side trips to round up the missing rocks.

 

All in all it was a fun and “learning” experience.  Let us know if you’ve ever had a toddler landscaper who helped you.

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