The senior gardening 2011 projects of Sunflower Houses - how to create a butterfly garden garden - and a lovely Mr Lincoln red rose bush are off to a great start

Baby Boomer and Senior Gardening News: They’re GROWING!

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Woo Hoo – the storms came to our neck of the woods. The storms LEFT our neck of the woods. AND the grandkids discovered that the Sunflower House that their Sandwich Generation granny nanny and senior great-grandma planted while gardening SURVIVED nicely! And the various plants have started to grow! One grandchild is already plotting out where his little soldier toys will go once it’s tall enough.

Grandchildren observing the Sunflower House and how we decided to also create a butterfly garden with it

The new Sunflowers we planted from seed have already started to pop up

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny and senior mom are seeing fruit from their gardening

while the Mammoth Sunflower seeds the grandkids helped with earlier survived the transplant

Fun senior gardening activities for grandparents and their grandchildren are excellent physical senior citizen actvities too


The Mr Lincoln rose bush already has TWO buds with their gorgeous red peeking through (I so love them. They are, indeed, some of the most fragrant roses!)

LOVE growing Mr Lincoln rose bushes - they are the most fragrant and lovely red roses in this sandwich generation granny nannys

and the butterfly bush plant has intriguing “things” that I presume will turn into lovely and colorful flowers followed by lovely and decorative butterflies flitting around happily!

My senior mom is enjoying planning out how to create a butterfly garden - here is the first big butterfly bush plant we bought.jpt

Definintely a delightful visit for grandparents and grandchildren, exploring the garden, discovering those sweet hints of RED to come for REDNESDAY and taking lots of photos with both my easy to use Canon Powershot digital camera AND my AT&T iPhone camera for Sweet Shot Tuesday. How is your boomer and senior and grandkid gardening growing?

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  1. Nice! I’m not a huge green-thumbed-person, but I try! Cute shot of your grandkids with the plants! 🙂

  2. Oh how neat!! Looks like you are having a great start for your summer.

  3. Isn’t it exciting, though! My plants and flowers are just about at the same stage as yours. My three potted rose bushes have buds, but no color showing yet. Instead of a butterfly bush, I have some globe thistle plants that were last year’s seedlings. I’m curious as to how large they will grow this summer. You images reminded me that I probably should go thin out my sunflower ‘babies.’

    • Nics Cahill
    • May 31, 2011

    I love the water on the roses.

  4. This is such an important lesson you’re teaching your grands! Hopefully they will grow up to love gardening. It’s good for the soul!
    Happy REDnesday,

  5. Oh how fun! Looks like you have lots of tending to do. Like the rose with the water.

  6. What fun for the kids! I’m anxious to see your sun flowers when they bloom!!

    Susan and Bentley

    • Melody
    • June 1, 2011

    You’ve got a great start on that garden. Take care!

  7. Love the sweet little rosebuds! I’m a little late with my visiting. Happy Rednesday! Come on by and visit on Our Back Porch!

    Back Porch Blessings,

  8. Hi Christa, I know the feeling well. My senior mom is the real expert at all the gardening. I do have a my handful of specialties – sunflower houses and, hopefully, this Mr LIncoln rose bush. 🙂 Thanks for the visit. 🙂

  9. Hi Nics, Thank you! I’m so glad you noticed that. I loved it as well and was thrilled to get that. I usually don’t 🙂 I’m trying to get more creative with my easy to use digital camera and that was one I really enjoyed. 🙂

  10. Thanks Melody! 🙂

  11. Thanks Rebecca, I know that “late” feeling! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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