In the morning we got things started for our big project I have planned for this unit: the Moon Garden from Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy. We laid out the space where our garden will go and tomorrow Steve is going to take the children to gather five 6 foot long bamboo posts for the central tent. I will be heading out to buy the plants. The plants she suggests for this garden are jasmine tobacco, evening primrose, four-o'clocks, evening-scented stock, white alyssum, white petunias, white yarrow, and moonflowers. I already have the moonflower seeds but I need to buy the rest.
This morning I also showed the kids our renegade patch of sunflower seedlings which sprung up. This is because my brilliant idea to attract birds to our yard (the house was vacant for a while before we moved in, and there were no flowering or berrying plants of any kind to attract wildlife) was to shower the ground with about 40 pounds of birdseed over the course of the winter. We got plenty of birds, but it didn't really occur to me that they are seeds and might actually sprout! It will be fun to see what kinds of sunflowers come up -- naturally, there was no photo of the flowers on the package. I know only that they were labelled white sunflower seeds and that cardinals love 'em.