The Sandwich Generation Granny Nanny and Senior Mom Started Gardening with the 2011 Sunflower House and Mini-Butterfly Garden

by Kaye Swain

Senior gardening is great for physical activities for senior citizensThis is the year of WEIRD weather! Seriously! It's in the NEWS! We also just got more proof of it this past week with the devastating Missouri tornado and I'm definitely praying for all affected by that. It's also in the news for boomers and seniors right here at SandwichINK! For weeks my senior mom and I have had to get our "gardening fix" by enjoying the flowers in our neighbors' yards…

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves the senior gardening flowers around our neighborhood

and by enjoying the lush greenery previous tenants have planted in our own yard's landscaping designs.

Senior gardening is fun - but so is enjoying the fruit of previous gardening projects from past tenants

My grandkids and my senior mom enjoyed some fun and physical senior citizen and grandkid gardening activities earlier – preparing for the Sunflower House 2011 by planting different sunflower seed varieties into several of my senior mom's pots. She also started some of the plants she decided on as she planned out how to create a butterfly garden. They've all stayed mostly in the garage with occasional "outings" in between storms.

The grandkids helped my senior mom start the Sunflower House and butterfly garden for this years gardening project

But FINALLY, after a LATE frost last week, things seemed to have settled down (or we just got desperate for spring :) ). Because of health issues, my mom decided to create a mini-butterfly garden this year - to make it easier for her to take care of the different flowers. I planted a lovely Butterfly bush at one end of last year's Sunflower House garden area, added a Mr Lincoln red rose bush at the other end. Then I planted all the sunflower plants my grandkids and mom had started earlier, along with some extra seeds – just in case. It looks so nice in the yard. I even added firewood logs to outline it – and protect it from lawn mowers.

Here is the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush Plant we added as we began to create a mini butterfly garden that will be fun and easy for my moms senior gardening

I had prepared the area with organic compost last month and, as you can see by this HUGE worm, it's working well. I'm happy to report the good news that he's not the only worm working hard and digging away for us boomers and seniors gardeners and we're most appreciative.

Worms a such a blessing for senior gardening projects like the Sunflower Houses or Butterfly Garden - they do a lot of our work for us as my sweet grandpa used to tell me

Doesn't it look nice? And we had such lovely weather – for about two days. Then, back to a nasty storm yesterday, an even nastier one last night, and more to come. Hopefully, though, our garden will survive. And if not, we'll just start again. 

Its a small senior gardening project tho it will look bigger when the plants grow - but small is good for my senior mom this year

But at least we've got it going. YAY! And just in time to share the fun photos from my easy to use digital camera with y'all from Sweet Shot Tuesday, who has another awesome contest to help us learn to take even better photos. Not only that, but it's Rednesday – isn't my grandson's shirt a lovely shade of red?  And if you'd like to see some of the wind we got today, do pop on over to SandwichINK Real Estate Info for the video I shot of the wild and crazy weather and its impact on the brand new Sunflower House and Butterfly Garden.   :) 

P.S. If you'd like more information on how to grow big and little sunflowers, just click here. And for more fun ideas for Sunflower Houses, you might enjoy Sunflower Houses by Sharon Lovejoy who wrote another favorite of mine, Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks. We also enjoy the Sunflower House book for young readers by Eve Bunting. It's great for reading activities for grandparents and their grandchildren. 

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. Thank you.