Elise and I responded to Mother Nature's call by force-starting some cuttings from trees and shrubs around our neighborhood. It was basically as easy as cutting a few branches, sticking them in a vase of water, and bringing them inside our warm house - the plants did the rest of the work themselves! In just a few short days, buds began to open. Now, two weeks later, the buds have turned into leaves and flowers, and even more thrilling, there are roots!
An older child would probably enjoy recording the transformation of the branches. 21-month-old Elise and I have enjoyed just discovering - we've delighted in the tiny green leaves and ever-lengthening roots. Elise's vocabulary now includes buds, leaves, flowers, and roots. Whenever she spots the tiniest spec of green outside, she exclaims "GROW!"
Here's to Spring!