Wednesday, April 9, 2008
We had a tea party today. It was inspired yesterday when Isaac learned that the roots of dandelions are used for tea and are good for you. He informed me that we were going to have a tea party for me and have *the sick people* come. You know, because dandelions are healthy. The kids spent a lot of time digging up dandelions out of our yard and we collected and washed them. They have been learning to recognize a number of plants in the yard and I am really thrilled they finally seem interested. Fintan pulled a book on herbs of our shelf and was asking about them and a picture of plantain in particular so we had an impromptu lesson on plantain this week. Now all the boys can recognize plantain and dandelion for sure and that is without the dandelion blooming. LOL
Isaac surprised me today when he looked at the bee balm in a bed I was weeding and said, "I know what this is! It's mint!" We don't have any mint in our yard so I am not really sure where he recognized it from. Now bee balm isn't mint but it IS in the mint family. The boys all are interested in and enjoy gardening but Isaac in particular. I think this spring and summer are really going to be fun for learning.
So we had a tea party today in the yard on the log stools cut from the pine tree that fell on our house and my poor rosemary. It was a real hit. We all enjoyed the tea that we made from some dandelion root, bee balm, lemon balm and anise hyssop and topped with violets. Well, Eudora said "yucky" when she tasted it but she thoroughly enjoyed her cup of tea with floating violets and stirring it with her little silver spoon her grandmother gave her when she was a baby. I expect to have more tea parties in the garden.
I am tired. I have spent many hours a day in the garden the past few days. We are almost all of us sunburned. And I my finger nails are quite dirty! The peas are starting to come up in the second pea bed we planted. We transplanted all 4 of our squash varieties and our two cucumbers varieties yesterday. Today I transplanted some of the tomatoes and interplanted them with some nasturtiums. I hope to get some borage in there soon as well. Twice today I had a bumble bee collide with me. I really thought they paid more attention than that! I would have been hit just below the eye once if I hadn't just put my hand up to brush my hair back from my face.
Our chickens were shipped today! They should arrive tomorrow or the day after. We are all really excited about them.
Posted by Saponaria at 10:12 PM