Mama Diaries

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Botanist

My son, Bubba, has taken a special interest in ferns. Not just any old generic ferns, but in fancy, tropical ferns. He has decided to grow them from seeds.

He ordered some packets. A few days ago, they arrived.

"Mom, I need 18 pots," he said.

"Eighteen? What are you going to do with eighteen ferns?"

"I'm going to turn my room into a jungle."

Great, I thought. His room is already a jungle. He doesn't really need to add anything to it.

Nevertheless, I found 18 pots. (I like to garden, so it wasn't a problem finding them.)

So, now there are eighteen pots with fern seeds in them sitting on my back deck. He's been very vigilant about making sure they get enough sun and water.  Three have already sprouted. You wouldn't believe how thrilled he was about that!

Here's a picture of what one will look like:



I still don't know what he's going to do with all these ferns, but as long as he doesn't start looking for dinosaur eggs to incubate and hatch, we should be okay. No Jurassic World in my house!
 

27 comments:

  1. Who knows? Maybe he'll develop a love of gardening. Or botany. Although, I think he has an image of how he expects his room to look when this project completes, and it's not going to quite live up to that.

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    1. So far, five of the ferns have sprouted. We'll see how the rest do. But I think we can find places for five ferns.

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  2. Might not have a house if Jurassic World happened. They sure are bright. He'll sure have quite the room when they all bloom.

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    1. Lots of color there. Should be interesting to see if they turn out like that.

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  3. Maybe he'll grow and sell them and make you money!

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  4. Hi, Sherry!

    That darned Bubba! What will he get into next? At least he's currently interested in lower risk pursuits. A few weeks ago he was ready to try midnight zip-lining over Niagara Falls. :) Now he's growing ferns. I only hope he didn't buy the wrong type of seeds. You guys might have a an Audrey Jr. (aka Audrey II), the man-eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors, growing on your back deck. :)

    Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. Oh boy. I hope he didn't get any man-eating ferns. Right now they look rather harmless. But who knows what they'll be like when they grow up!

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  5. Wow, gorgeous photo! Such a vibrant blue. And LOL, yeah, having a jungle in the house is definitely more preferable than Jurassic World! XD

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  6. At least ferns are very pretty indeed!

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    1. Yes, they are. I find it so interesting that he's taken an interest in them.

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  7. I love gardening. Growing plants is such a great lesson in caring for something else and tending to it. 18 sounds like a lot- but at least there should be a lot of ferns when he is done. :) You should take a before and after photo!
    ~Jess

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  8. Hey, your Bubba is doing far better than I could ever do with plants. I think it's pretty amazing that he's able to get the ferns to grow!

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    1. He's being very meticulous about their environment.

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  9. It's awesome that Bubba has such a curious mind and it's just as awesome that you allow and encourage him to pursue his rather eclectic interests. I'm sure he believes he can do ANYTHING if he sets his mind to it, and that's the best gift any parent can give a child.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. Yes, I like to let kids explore their interests (within reason, of course). You never know where it can lead them.

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  10. Sherry, you always make me laugh! LOL!
    I have to say those ferns look gorgeous! I might have to grow some! LOL!
    Big Hugs!

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    1. Never a dull moment at this place. In a few years, when my kids leave the nest, it's going to be very different!

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  11. I think they look great and I hope he is successful!! :)

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    1. I am looking forward to seeing them full grown. Right now, a few have tiny little fern leaves on them.

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  12. I'm sure Bubba will come up with a plan. (-:

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