Preparing for the Plant Exchange

A tradition at our church, each year around Earth Day parishioners bring in plants to exchange or give away. I find it a nice excuse to divide up some of my perennials and herbs and give them new homes, and we always bring home some new treasures, too.

When my mom became very ill a few weeks ago and we realized she’d be unable to coordinate this event, I offered to take it on for her. It felt both ridiculous–given all the very hard things we’re dealing with right now–and wonderful to do it for her.

Signs

The kids were willing assistants, and I think they enjoyed feeling like they were helping their grandmother, too.

Earth

We cut the banner from old maps, and made flowers from coffee filters (left over from another art project) that the kids and I painted.

Paper Flowers

Henry and I spent several days dividing up and re-potting plants.

Henry with a Shovel

Daylilies

And then something (I’m looking at you, squirrels) dug up a bunch of Mom’s seedlings.

Squirrells

Fortunately, I found each one, buried in the dirt. They are tiny, but I gently replanted them and hope they will continue to grow.

Tiny Seedling

I didn’t have a chance to take pictures during the event, when the tables were covered with plants of all sorts and surrounded by people. But here are a few images from when we set up.

Sign

Peppermint

Violets and Easter Lilies

Johnny Jump Ups

We made an effort to highlight native plants, as my mom requested.

NoVA Natives

Betsy with Labels

Abigail

Of course certain children of mine kept disappearing to climb trees,

Tree

or wear snakes.

Snake on a Henry

I think their grandmother would approve.

 

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About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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