Midwinter Merriment: Plant Identification with Kids

Here it is – a countdown til spring. From now until the first day of spring, I will post ways to make the dreary days of midwinter a little more merry.

Day 12: Stop and admire the crocuses.


I showed up to school in a great mood yesterday despite being ridiculously exhausted. I think it was because of the sun in the forecast. In the morning, I snapped a picture of the crocuses outside of school and they were closed up tight. By the end of the day, the sun was shining and their petals were open.

cockroachesIn the bustle of students leaving, I had the most delightful and humorous conversation about them that left me chuckling all evening. It went something like this:

Me: Hey Sarah*, do you know what those are?
Sarah: Dandelions? (Nose scrunched and head tilted)
Me: Those are crocuses! When those come up, you know spring is near! How about those (pointing to the nearly open daffodils)…do you know what those are called?
Sarah: Corn! (Then, rethinking that reply and hesitant) You know, because of that part that peels off.
Me: Yeah, they do kind of look like corn. Those are called daffodils though. Ok, so what are those purple ones called again?
Sarah: Cockroaches!
Me: (trying to hold back my laughter) Um, crocuses.

Yes, clearly, it’s time for a little plant identification lesson!

*Name changed to protect the innocent. 🙂

Day 13: Plant your backyard berry patch.
Day 14: #dirtonmyiPhone
Day 15: Start seeds indoors.
Day 16: Sew a sassy garden tool belt.
Day 17: A class that keeps on giving!
Day 18: Buy yourself some flowers.
Day 19: Go to the park and play!
Day 20: Plant peas (and sign up for my free newsletter!)
Day 21: Take a gardening class.
Day 22:Plant bare root.
Day 23: Sign up for Seattle Seedling’s Spring Fling!
Day 24: Plant primroses.
Day 25: Get yourself a doughnut and make it “for here.”
Day 26: Frequent the Farmers’ Market
Day 27: Eat Root Vegetables Disguised as Cake!
Day 28: Be a Garden Show Goer.
Day 29: Drink more hot chocolate.
Day 30: Create a springtime “advent” calendar.

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