My Granddaughter Gracie and I planted some seeds this week.  The weather was actually pleasant so we headed out to the back yard and got our hands dirty.

She is finally old enough to participate in gardening this year so I am excited to see her reaction to the seedlings sprouting.

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 Patience is the first lesson in gardening and 2 1/2 year old children don’t have a lot of it. ~(Heck I don’t have a lot of patience waiting for plants either)~ But that’s what she will learn about while she is waiting for her seedlings to appear.Web IMG_0472

Kids in the garden are so fun.  She was way more interested in digging in the dirt and getting her hands dirty than picking up tiny seeds and trying to place them in the tray.

Sounds like she is a natural to me!

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~”One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.”  ~W.E. Johns

I am re-posting about this fun project since it’s about that time again to put it to use.

We found some vintage windows which inspired this entire project.  With a bit of wood found in the garage and a quick trip to Home Depot, we had the makings of a fun weekend. antique windows

On a gorgeous day in Spring,  my husband  got started on building me a cold frame.. web-kk-014

First he built it,web-kk-023

then he put on wheels so we can move it into the sun or in and out of the garage if we have a bad frost coming.

Next we painted it, web-saturday-014

put the windows on with  hinges, web-saturday-245

and reused the window hardware as handles.web-saturday-236

He added a couple of heavy duty handles on the sides for lifting (you never know) web-k-002

and there you have it…web-saturday-247

a great cold frame to hold all my fledgling seedlings and give them an early start.web-saturday-254


~ All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar. ~ Helen Hayes


Well, it is January  and way too cold to wander around with my camera so I will share some spring pictures from last year and dream about when I can get outside and start the spring stuff in my garden.  It might be 3 months and that’s about as much time as I can tolerate, especially  while listening to the plows clearing the

  I was in Lowes the other day parusing reduced Christmas decorations and there~ like light at the end of the tunnel~ I saw them.  SEEDS!  Needless to say I quickly abandoned the winter clearance department to take it in.  Those shiny packages with the pictures of vegetables and flowers gleamed in the sunshine…okay so it wasn’t sunshine, it was light that was trying to find it’s way through a very overcast sky into the windowed roof above the seasonal department. w-ant

I didn’t buy any, I hadn’t planned yet!  I’m not ready!…. So I just admired the display.  It looked like just the beginning of what will be the springtime products.   As I comtemplated these lovely morsels of life~ I realized it wasn’t the same feeling you get when you see those first Christmas decorations in October, which we all think is way tooo soon. The stores drag it on and on so that by time December arrives we are sick of all the decorations they offer. bleeding-heart-watermark

 No,  I welcomed the early anticipation of spring by this store.  I commend them for knowing that we need this hope that fair weather will once again return.lilac

 Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the winter and the snow this time of year, it’s just that I know that when it is mid February I will be itching to get outside and play in the dirt while breathing in warm fresh air and listening to birds chirp. Seeds will bridge that gap until spring is here. They will get me through. iris-w

 So I left there not with Christmas decorations to store away until next year, but with spring in my mind and gardening in my heart.  today-104 

 ~Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.  ~Doug Larson


Visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer and see what others have going on outside and maybe there will be photos from places that are warm that have gardening going on.