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Time to Add a Mini Butterfly Garden Design to Our Senior Gardening Projects

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The Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves pink things like butterfly stepping stones for the garden design

My senior mom would love this for a gift - Stokes butterfly book - the complete guide to butterfly gardeningHip, hip, and a very PINK HOORAY! What goes dig, dig, push, push, smile, SMILE? My grandkids and senior mom enjoying some gardening fun! It’s HOT – hotter than normal. (In fact, if any of you have been wondering, it’s been confirmed. This has been a year FULL of wild and crazy and definitely unusual weather in the U.S. How about you in the other parts of the world? Are you seeing that as well? Definitely an intriguing subject!) BUT, that being said, right now, as I type, it’s also blissfully great weather for starting the Sunflower House I have planned (just LOVE those Sunflowers AND those houses, can you tell?) Here’s a favorite photo from last years Sunflower House project.

Looking for how to grow big sunflowers - plant Mammoth Sunflower Seeds

My senior mom also loves decorative butterflies and has been planning out how to create a butterfly garden all winter. Her hip arthritis is giving her some extra grief this year so she’s decided to scale back her design to something she can be sure she can easily handle. She just found a cute planter idea in a magazine with several plants all in the same pot. She has decided to give that a try, along with our sunflowers. There are some packages of a butterfly garden seed mixture she could have bought, but she chose to pick out her own seeds separately.

My senior mom is going to get a buddleia davidii butterfly plant - or mayge two - to add to the seeds she is already gardening with

We’re also going to buy one honest-to-goodness butterfly bush already all grown up, just as a sweet treat for her. There’s so many cute ones to pick out including this sweet pink Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush

Love this pink Miss Ruby butterfly bush for my senior mom and her butterfly flower gardening

Of course, she’s also planning on a couple of pots of tomatos, peppers, and herbs. So she should stay quite busy this summer with her senior gardening projects and the grandkids will have so much fun watching the various plants grow at different speeds and sizes. Talk about great educational activities for grandparents and their grandchildren! We love to watch Magic Schoolbus and one of the shows is all about plants and how they grow. I’ll have to try to find that and re-watch it with them this season, plus read the book to them. 🙂

Magic School Bus books are great for reading activities for grandparents and their grandchildren

Also, very importantly, my mom’s delighting in the process thoroughly, enjoying the fun and physical senior citizen activities, and “keeping her chin up” as she works with her scaled back and still delightful gardening plans. As she and my sweet mother-in-law keep telling me, “growing old ain’t for sissies!” but with their great example, we’ll just keep on keeping on. 🙂

How about you and your senior parents? Got any fun junior and senior Sandwich Generation gardening projects going on? We’d love to hear. And don’t forget to check out Beverly’s Pink Saturday for more cute pink things!

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves pink things like butterfly stepping stones for the garden design





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  1. Oh gosh, I love butterflies!!! Happy Pink Saturday!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend with your family.

    • Denise
    • May 14, 2011

    Lucky Grandma I wish I had help with my garden lovely info..

  2. lovely post. Happy Pink Saturday. Please feel free to visit my blog

  3. Hi Denise 🙂 While I do most of the heavy lifting, my senior mom is the true gardening wiz! That’s for sure! 🙂 Happy Pink Saturday to you! 🙂

  4. Aren’t they fun! For seniors AND grandkids AND all in between! 🙂 Praying y’all are feeling GREAT! 🙂

  5. Hi Lara, I did, indeed, have a lovely visit at your site. 🙂 Happy Pink Saturday!

  6. Time to Add a Mini Butterfly Garden Design to Our Senior Gardening …

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