Work on the Van Wert Smiley Park Children's Garden is coming along. This is a busy time in that garden, just like in our own personal gardens, and today I joined my mom and dad there, helping with the planting of the Rainbow Garden. This part of the garden is personal to all of us, since my grandma provided the funds for creating it, in honor of the four generations of our family.
Mom and I had driven to Columbus to pick up plants for the beds in the Rainbow Garden last Friday and with the threat of rain looming over us later today, we planned and planted and mulched. Both Mom and Dad have spent countless hours out here, working themselves to exhaustion, trying to get projects completed. It's amazing the number of things that need doing that many people don't realize. But it's getting there and the entire garden is going to be charming, beautiful, and a joy to behold.
Today, Dad continued work on the sundial. It's astronomically correct with the sun right now and when you stand on the square with the name of the current month and hold your arm up, your arm's shadow will tell you the approximate time. Each year, the earth is in a slightly different place in its orbit, so the accuracy of the sundial will change, but it will still be close.
In addition to the beautifully planted flower beds, the cement in this garden will be painted in rainbow colors. I can't wait to see it in all its "ROY G BIV" glory!
As I walked back to my car to leave, I noticed a "centerpiece" had appeared on the little mushroom table in one of the other gardens:
Proof positive that children are already enjoying this enchanting place. :-)
Thursday, May 1, 2008
As we labored in the garden today, I thought about where I was and what I was doing 28 years ago. I was laboring then, too. Happy Birthday, Kara!