Friday, August 1, 2008

A Budding Garden Blogger

After my trip to Tennessee, I traveled to southern Alabama to visit other family members, including my ten-year-old niece, who is already a good photographer. I think she'll also soon make a fine garden blogger.

She wanted us to go outside and photograph her garden, as noted above. She wanted me to point that she painted that sign when she was little. She writes much more clearly now.

I think she painted this broccoli sign when she was four.

This scarecrow guarding the vegetable garden used to wear my brother's old Mardi Gras krewe costume but I think it got worn out by one too many hurricanes. (I am sure that y'all already know that Mobile is home to the original Mardi Gras in the United States.)

My niece particularly wanted to take a picture of the bamboo bean trellis her father built. And like all garden bloggers when she couldn't remember the name of the plant towering over the garden in the background, she ran inside to ask her mother. My sister-in-law thinks it's a musical note. (This link says that the plant only grows to be three feet tall but this one is about six feet tall so maybe it's not quite the correct identification.)

I let my niece use my fancy and expensive SLR--with a few inviolable rules, like she always had to have the strap around her neck--because she had dropped her inexpensive point-and-shoot in the mud. I've seen her point-and-shoot photos too and know that it's not just the camera; it's her eye and interest.

She took this picture of the zinnia in the frontyard.

I suggested she try another angle, and she came up with this picture.

She then moved on to the other zinnias.

I think in a few years we might have a Mouse & Trowel winner!


  1. I love that she's gardening and interested in photography and blogging. The next generation! Your advice on the zinnia photo was good, and her second picture from a different angle turned out beautifully.

  2. Lovely to hear that some children are lucky enough to grow up with gardens and families ready to nurture their interests.

  3. I love her signs- I may have to enlist my son to start doing some for my garden.