A bonus to living next door to a commercial greenhouse; sweet location for last minute photo shoots, practically year long access to more locally grown cucumbers than you can shake a stick at and we get gifted loads of freebies when the planting season starts winding down.
I can’t say no when there’s pretty flowers involved, and I’m super grateful, but there is so much gardening I want to get my skinny fingers into that I needed to recruit an extra hand to tend to these beauties before some major wilting hits them during this heat wave.
Looking around I can plainly see that Kale’s not quite at super useful in the garden status yet. He’s still at that tender age that the moment he’s outside the cool confines of the strawbale walls he is immediately strapped into the “babysitter”; the full body harness that suspends him over the deck lest he tries to escape to be raised by the coyotes that beckon him all night long.
My eyes fall on freshly neutered puppy but he’s being is a bit of a slacker these days.
But looky who we have here! A seven year old girl eager and able to help in so many new areas as of late. I asked her to take on the task of contending to our booty of begonias and she dove right in.
And little by little she plugged away at these plugs while I tended to making a new home for cantaloupe, watermelon and pepper starts, weeding and watering away while Kale bobbed up and down in the babysitter for hours on end (kidding).
Today I celebrate the bliss of letting go of doing things just so.
Instead I gifted my little girl the responsibility of landscaping this little corner of the yard and play with a creative license full to the brim with blossoms. It helped me out a bunch with my huge wish list of gardening tasks to tackle and it was fun!
It was especially fun to witness her experience the many layers of emotions one goes through during a summer afternoon of gardening; enjoyment, boredom, mosquito irritation, over heating, insane popsicle craving, pride, surprise (from various creepy crawlies), amusement (from unearthing freshly dug puppy toys), delirious thirst to submerge oneself into the nearest body of water.
And that we did. The perfect way to end a day of the simple pleasure of contributing to the family garden and all that it entails.
Have a summer flavoured simplicity celebration to share? It’s Tuesday after all! Leave it the comments below and play along!