Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Welcome To The Jungle


Zinnias


Native Bee on Cosmos





It's been a long wet summer. Our yard is still very damp under foot, too wet to mow again. The weeds have thrived. Our whipper snipper/edge trimmer is still in the repair shop waiting for parts. Our yard resembles a jungle.....


Chrysanthemum, marigolds, daisies





Grevilleas





A White Faced Heron finds s snack





One of today's Passionfruit flowers





Bromeliad


There is beauty amongst our jungle, sometimes unexpected treats. With two weeks of school holidays (also our homeschool break) coming up in a few days I'm contemplating some jungle taming, however my fabric stash draws my heart more strongly.....


Science activity....




Today's second Science chapter was Valuable Minerals. The activity suggested was "mining" for gold (choc chips) in chocolate chips biscuits/cookies with a toothpick! I made a double batch of choc chip biscuits/cookies at lunch time. I've never seen our children so keen on their science. One of the purposes was to understand what a mess mining can make and how mining companies need to consider and lessen their environmental impact. 

Some of our children made quite a mess but were keen to clean up/eat the offending pieces afterwards. I wonder if I could hide some biscuits/cookies in the garden for helpers to find or cook another batch in payment for some jungle taming.....


35 comments:

Cinzia said...

Very beautiful flowers! Here it is raining again!!!
Cinzia

Rosemary said...

Your children, I remember, were great little decorators and helpers in your home. I suspect that they would all be there to help you in the garden too. It is true that many hands make light work.

s.c said...

Great garden and what a beautiful idea to get children making aware of the environmental impact of human activities. Will give a tip to some teachers I know.

Anna said...

Loves your jungle so much... all those flowers... realy gorgeous, Karen!
Warm greeting from Holland,
Anna :))

Kukkaiselämää - My flowering life said...

I love your garden! Lucky you, living in a warm climate area.. We still have snow :O( here in Finland. Happy week, Karen!

Patchwork and Play said...

I love your take on Science! Very clever! And your garden is beautiful! Wish I could come and help pull some weeds!

Seeing Each Day said...

I found your first capture both colourful and inviting. Definitely looking forward to the holidays from this end too - got home from a staff meeting at 5:30 this afternoon and already wanted to make tomorrow Friday. You do such fun experimental activities with your kids. Have a good rest of the week.

Jeanne said...

What a fun science lesson that must have been for all of you. At least there is alot of beautiful color in your "jungle". Anxious to see what comes next with your fabric stash!

Shirley said...

Hi Karen,
I would say if one has to be in a jungle (while waiting for tool time) then this is the jungle to be in. It's amazing at what nature will do when left alone. The science project sure give's one a lot to think about! Enjoy the day my friend.

Giga said...

Chciałbym mieć taką dżunglę w ogródku zamiast białego śniegu. Śliczne ptaki też. Dzieci pomagają w domu, to może w ogródku też to zrobią. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
I would like to have the jungle in the backyard instead of white snow. Beautiful birds too. Children help at home, in the garden can also do it. Yours sincerely.

Gone Country said...

Your 'jungle' is beautiful! And, that's a great idea to hide some snacks for your jungle tamer helpers!

Beth said...

Beautiful jungle!

reneesfotoblogg said...

I wich I had such a beautiful jungle! Love your "bee on cosmos".

Rosemary said...

It's funny how nature loves when one of our machines breaks down :) She springs into action and "undoes" everything we did!

Linda Claxson said...

It's piccies like that that are keeping me going right now. It's flipping freezing here.
Thank you for the pictures

Linda

Sylvia K said...

Lovely, colorful flowers and such a beautiful White-faced Heron! Delightful captures as always! Hope your week is going well!!

geanina said...

gorgeous images! :)

Pat said...

I love to see the photos of all the flowers....I am missing them so! Can't wait till it gets warm enough here to plant some pots of flowers and get some hanging baskets. Rain is predicted all week! Next week is supposed to be warmer. Thankfully! Just love your science project. If my school had projects like that, I might just have liked science better! ;)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh, wow, your blooms are astonishing! Sorry for all the wet weather, but the flowers are certainly enjoying it. :)

Barb said...

I'm smiling at your creative lesson, Karen. And, that "jungle" looks mighty inviting to me. It's snowing here in Breckenridge.

Deanna said...

Oh so very lovely...it may be a jungle to you, but it's beauty in my eyes!!

tinajo said...

Gorgeous flowers!

flowersandhome said...

Happy jungle taming ;-) Although I have to admit I would really love to see my garden change into a jungle like this, full of beautiful flowers.
Marian

Elise Lea said...

Beautiful pictures as always. Also I can completely relate to having the fabric stash call me over yard work (or housework)! Sometimes you just gotta sew!

Michelle said...

Love seeing all of your greenery and color. Also, love the mining lesson with the muffin/choc chips. Excellent!

Cristina Ferreira said...

As flores encantam com sua beleza.

Beijos

pattisjarrett said...

I rather like the jungle look. Lots of lush greenery and pretty flowers. Great science project. I wish I'd been homeschooled! :)

Sarah Jane said...

Sounds like a great science lesson!
Your garden pictures are amazing!
xx

Linda R said...

Your photos look beautiful. I would love to live somewhere so pretty and green. It won't be long now and I will be leaving the desert. I can't wait..

Hugs~

Gillian Olson said...

Great post, beautiful pictures and a very interesting science lesson.

amanda said...

Your yard is a wonderland of beauty & color!

I LOVE the project on mining.. what a clever idea. (the chocolate chips look pretty tasty, too.)

Last June, we took our five kids on vacation to Colorado, near Breckenridge, where there was heavy mining at one time.. we got to visit a gold mine, and everywhere we explored in the mountains, there were leftover traces of the old mining. They really devastated the land.

There is one area in particular that I wish I could share with you in case you wanted to use it to share with your kids as you are learning about this subject..
I took many photos, but they never made it to my blog yet. It was the Reiling Dredge. I have oodles & oodles of photos of old mine shacks & disturbances in the mountain sides.

ally said...

Don't over tame please - it looks magical and surprising and beautiful
x

Nikki said...

Hi Karen, You have a jungle like mine. But yours is much prettier. It sounds like you have been experiencing the same weather as us. I have been spending a lot of time in the yard trying to get rid of the weeds. Your school holidays must be beginning just as ours are ending. Thanks for checking in on my blog. I may get to start blogging again once the kids are back at school. Nikki

Wenche said...

Its snow here in Oslo, so its soo lovely to look at your pictures and dream about the flowers and warm weather :0)

Liz said...

Beautiful images from your jungle garden! You have so much colour!! I really miss my garden and the space I had to walk around it and to enjoy all the beautiful greenery and flowers... It's been 4 years now since I had to sell.
What a delight to have a White-faced Heron visit your garden!!

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