I received a nice box of plants today. I was sitting on my front porch steps slowly potting them up. There were 7-8 of those pygmy sundews and I had to use my magnifying glass to even see them clearly.
Three neighbor boys that had wanted to do a garden club with me came up. I found out why their leader hadn't been back with them. Apparently he forgoto he had to spend several weeks in the summer visiting his real Dad.
I gave 3 boys, standing around me on their roller blade, a 1/2 talk on carnivorous plants. 1 had heard of venus fly traps.
It was so much fun. They could see the little tiny hairs on some of the traps and were just fascinated. We talked about where these plants grow and the fact that bogs could be dangerous if you didn't know where you were walking. Then we talked about these plants getting their nutrients from insects. Way cool, was their response.
They know I have more plants on the way.
We did carnivorous plants today. Tomorrow's lesson will be much easier for me: how to propagate and grow hen & chicks and various sedums. No magnifying glass needed.
This made me think. How many of you have taken time to let some kids just watch (and help) you pot up these plants. They even asked me about the "funny names" and I got to explain how scientists name plants.
These boys have said no girls allowed in their garden club. Apparently they aren't old enough to appreciate the girls chasing them. LOL.
Now, for some supper and I have to move my cp plants in at night until I get a hardware cloth cage built to keep the squirrels out.