A Birthday Garden

October 15, 2009

For the boy’s birthday party, I sewed each child a treasure bag, and filled it with a fairy stone and a fall bulb to plant. Every year we create a Birthday Garden for the boys, and this year we used all the left over bulbs from the party.

Jacob took the reins and did almost the entire garden on his own this year. It is a simple, and small border that we plant that holds about ten bulbs, but is just enough color to remind the boys that they are at their half year mark when they bloom (those half birthdays are very important at this age). The weather had turned gorgeous by mid-day yesterday, and it was so wonderful to be outside.

It was even more amazing to watch my oldest son, just a few short hours from turning six, out there and independent, creating a garden and loving getting his hands dirty (or at least his gloves dirty. He is my neat and tidy child).

Where was Elwood, you ask? Elwood was in seventh heaven, because with every hole that Jake dug, Elwood found at least three worms. No joke, he had the largest worm pile I had ever seen by the time we were done. The kid loves bugs, worms, spiders, you name it. He holds them all as dear, sweet friends, and it always breaks his heart when he has to say goodbye (you remember Mr. Caterpillar).

Their birthday garden is now planted, and we have something very special to look forward to this Spring. With all that hard work, we decided that we deserved a bit of a treat to enjoy.

Stacy and I recently had lunch at this great restaurant in Boulder called BimBamBoo, and she ordered me an amazing Thai Lemonade. I have always loved iced tea and lemonade together, but this was so different, and so much more interesting. A combo of mint tea, crushed mint, and fresh lemonade was a simple, but perfect combination, especially with the light Asian fare we were enjoying.

When I came home, I had to recreate it, so I stopped at the market and grabbed some mint and lemonade. I brewed up some fresh mint “tea”, and then once it was cooled, added in the lemonade and freshly chopped mint. All that I can say is that even though it is Autumn, and this may seem like a Summer drink, it is simply perfect any time of year.

A fun afternoon in the garden, followed by a refreshing drink and lots of worms. Could it really get better than that?

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Valarie October 15, 2009 at 1:34 pm

What a great afternoon. Half birthdays are so important and what a great way to remember them with a garden. We have many worm lovers over here as well. Omar feels that our compost needs "thousands" more worms. That might be a slight exaggeration. 🙂
The lemonade looks wonderful. I'm glad the weather warmed up a bit and you could spend a great afternoon outdoors. Take care and have a good one.


gardenmama October 15, 2009 at 2:31 pm

What a beautiful and memorable idea to plant a birthday garden. These are the times together with family in celebration that will be cherished in years to come. My kids are also so intrigued by worms and that is just the work they set out to do aside me in the garden, finding piles of new wormy friends : )
And, oooh your drink looks and sounds *incredible* It is nice to see the sun finally came out for a while for you!


Julia October 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I bet that tea/lemonade would be yummy warm too. Eben loves to help in the garden too, but he and my husband save the worms for fishing.

Happy Birthday to Jake and I wish you a restfull weekend with your family.

Oh, and Happy Anniversary as well, I hope you guys do something really nice to celebrate. If I lived closer, I'd offer to babysit.



Heather October 15, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Jules, I wish that we lived close for so many reasons :). As Laura said yesterday, all of our boys would have so much fun together.

I will be visiting this year though!


Green Acres in the City October 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

What a great day. Cameron finds worms all the time. His Birthday is Saturday and I might have to borrow your idea for a birthday garden. Thanks!


Julia October 15, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Seriously?!?!?!?!? We have to get together. That would be amazing.


perchesinthesoul October 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I love your idea of a birthday garden! What a delightful way to carry on the celebration of/with small lives. And that tea sounds delicious.


Heather October 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Oh Happy Birthday to Cameron! There are so many little ones that I have come to know with October birthdays. We wish him a wonderful day.


quirkygranolagirl October 15, 2009 at 4:48 pm

December 4th would be a difficult day to do a 1/2 birthday garden for my boy. I might have to force some bulbs indoors 🙂


patty-jean October 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Delightful! What a refreshing drink too!


nicola@which name? October 15, 2009 at 7:11 pm

that is a lovely tradition. i admit, i am impressed by your treasure bags for all the party attendees. i had a plan to make just such a favor for all the attendee of our kids' joint party and just couldn't pull it together. in the end, we gave art supplies to the kids. treasure bags are wonderful, though. my daughter loves hers!


Heather October 15, 2009 at 11:34 pm

The party bags were pretty simple, so thankfully that was an easy one. My kids love treasure bags, and use them all the time, so I figured that alone could have been the favor 🙂


Rebecca October 15, 2009 at 11:36 pm

I love the idea of a birthday garden. What a sweet way to celebrate


5 orange potatoes October 16, 2009 at 1:12 am

What crazy weather…planting a wonderful birthday garden just a few days after a yard full of snow. love this way to celebrate.



Journeying Five October 16, 2009 at 4:07 am

what a great idea, your garden looks beautiful! this morning we awoke to snow! yuck! but thankfully it is gone!


Imene October 16, 2009 at 4:35 am

I love the idea of a birthday garden. My father planted an orange tree for each child he and my mother had on their birth date.
Mine is quite big now and bares beautiful oranges.


Naturalearthfarm October 16, 2009 at 10:36 am

I love the idea of bulbs in the children's party bags.
You are such a wonderful Mom.


Elana October 16, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I hope we get to see photos in the Spring.


Anastasia October 17, 2009 at 2:51 pm

No wonder Elwood was on cloud 9! Wow! Three worms! In my area he'd find more snails than worms! Perfect for dinner! We cook them in tomato sauce and then use a toothpick to get that delicious meat out of the shell.


Gerri October 21, 2009 at 12:45 am

What a wonderful idea, a birthday garden. 🙂


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