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Monday, June 11, 2007
Fungus, bugs, worms, scrub jays, squirrels, racoons, opossums! What to do?
My baby girl wished for a flower garden for her birthday. A flower garden? How about a pony instead? Or a Ferrari? Or a private Red Hot Chile Peppers concert MC'd by Johnny Depp? On the Eifel Tower?
A flower garden.
All right, a flower garden it is. My precious baby girl, a flower garden, just for you.
We'll need some help for this. Because it's not just water, sun, dirt and that scarey blue Miracle stuff. Even when you've got all that figured out, then come the craziest things: Fungus, bugs, caterpillars, scrub jays, squirrels, raccoons, opossums! We'll need some real help, my dearest child, for your flower garden. The from-the-flower-fairies kind of help. To let the flower fairies know they are welcome, we'll make them fairy houses.
We can make a fairy house out of just about anything we find in the garden: Twigs, vines, leaves, broken pieces of pottery or rocks. Anna added some seashells. I think the seashells were just the right magic, because in the morning, on her birthday morning, the fairies had arrived. These kitschy little opalescent glass drops really make the garden look like a fairy land at night. Once you show your child how to make a fairy house, you'll be surprised where they will pop up.
How about this remote control tarantula? When Miss Araneae was activated just as little fingers reached out to touch it, that girl's shriek probably scattered the squirrels for several hours. For several blocks. I hope this tough-looking green guy can protect the strawberries: We have night creatures which will bite holes right through drying wet suits.
FYI: Figurines from Schleich.