The Lucky Gardener

Mother’s Day Tradition
May 4, 2010, 14:56
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My wife and I have a 7 year old son. We’re not big on the commercial approach to the ‘manufactured’ holiday of Mother’s Day. To celebrate it in our own way, we decided to make the seasonal timing of Mother’s Day our day to visit local plant nurseries and buy our summer ‘annuals’ for potted plants on our deck.

The ritual has more meaning now that Richard is able to pick out some of his favorite plants as well as help us arrange the plantings in each pot.
Invariably, my son chooses plants I would normally avoid, especially for the delicate balancing of colors for the deck. It took a few years for me to realize it wasn’t about the perfect arrangement as it was about the three-way collaboration of effort that made the project work.
The day usually goes like this:
– We all pile into the truck heading for one of our favorite local nurseries. We select one that has a good selection of plants and fresh donuts.
– Richard finds the biggest cart available and maneuvers it through the narrow paths between the display benches. (He usually doesn’t run anyone over).
– We pick out way more plants than we can plant and never enough bags of top soil to plant them in.
– We load the plants into the truck, and decide who gets the powder or cinnamon treats.
Too late, we all remember that the powder tends to get all over the seats.