"Being a good dad starts with presence not presents"
"bump, bump, whooaa, hahaha" Lucy laughs as she rides around the garden center sitting on the flat cart pretending to fall over. It's a beautiful summer day and as we stroll through the plants looking and smelling lavender for inspiration Lucy pipes up 'A Butterfly' and points to a small glass butterfly on a stick. She is memorized and the decision is made. This year we are planting a little butterfly garden.
Every summer in our small back garden we fill planter boxes with something interesting. Some years its strawberries, some years herbs and some years just flowers but this is the first time its been a butterfly garden. Now, I'm not a gardening expert by any means so grabbing someone who works at the garden center is my first step. The lady we talk to is unbelievably helpful and gives me a list of plants the should attract butterflies to our garden (I will list the plants at the end of this post don't worry). We meander through the rows of plants searching out the names, with Lucy and Tilley smelling each one that goes into the cart and analyzing the picture on the labels poked in the dirty.
With the car loaded with plants and potting soil we head back to begin our planting. Lucy gets her garden tools and Tilley just uses her hands to mix up our potting soil with some of the earth that's in the planters already. Each of the girls pick out plants one at a time to put in, and we scoop out holes, remove the plants from containers and place them in to the soil. Both girls pull the earth mix around the base and give it a little pat then onto the next one.
We fill the three planters with everything we have in the containers and stand back to admire our little project while Lucy waters them all. The girls have one last look and smell, then we all wash our hands under the chilly outdoor tap and sit down for a picnic on the deck by our new garden. Honestly I hope it brings some beautiful butterflies to our house, but really, even if it doesn't, our garden smells great and I got to spend the day having fun outside with my daughters. So for me the butterfly garden is already a huge success!
Just in case anyone was wondering, here are the plants the were suggest to me:
- Cotton Candy (buddleia Podaras)
-Butterfly Flower (asclepias incarnata)