Garden fairies here.
We are garden fairies and we have not posted in a while because it is spring and we have been busy.
We are garden fairies.
But, recently, we saw several kids running around the garden after they finished hunting for Easter eggs and decided that we should report on their activities in a garden such as this.
We have three observations.
First, Carol is quite relaxed about kids running around in her garden. It was mostly their parents who warned them about watching where they stepped so they wouldn’t crunch any flowers. Carol, on the other hand, knew that it is early enough in the spring that even if a kid stepped on a plant, it would probably recover.
Though she did give pause when they ran through the area where the bloodroots are blooming. They are almost done blooming but one does want them to set seed with hopes that they’ll continue to spread around a bit.
She was pleased to see, as were we garden fairies, that no bloodroots were harmed by kids’ feet. We are sure if Carol had remembered the term myrmecochory, she might have used it to explain how the bloodroot seeds get dispersed around by ants, which is called myrmecochory. Something that every kid aged 2 – 8 should learn.
But she didn’t remember.
We should note we do not believe any ants were harmed by the kids in the garden, either.
Anyway, the second thing we discovered as we watched the kids in the garden is that they seemed to be attracted to a pile of rocks in the vegetable garden—rocks that Carol had unearthed just a few days ago.
Yes, there were all those pretty flowers we garden fairies worked so hard to have blooming for the big Easter egg hunt, but what those kids seemed to like the best was a pile of rocks.
We heard Carol holler at the kids that if they saw a rock they wanted, they could take it. We are not sure if the parents of those kids thought that was a good idea or if the kids took any, but the pile is not as piled as it once was.
We are garden fairies. We wonder what Carol is going to do with those rocks, now that she’s dug them up. We assume she’ll re-pile them, at the very least.
Time will tell. As we all know, Carol is a bit lazy at times.
Finally, we learned that kids love paths in gardens. Carol has a lovely path which she improved last year but putting edging stone alongside it so it is more obviously a path. Those kids thought it was great fun to run up and down that path, over and over again.
Such is the life of kids.
We are garden fairies. We are pleased all the kids enjoyed the garden. The garden survived them, as did we garden fairies. Therefore, and forthwith, they are all invited back whenever they want to come back. And definitely for the next big family Easter Egg Hunt in on April 9, 2023, which is when Easter is next year.
We shall plan accordingly.
Violet Greenpea Maydreams, Chief Scribe and Head of Garden Recovery from Kids Committee