Nature study has to be my most favorite subject to study for homeschooling. Unfortunately, it's not Mr. C's. His is music study but he's a good sport and comes along while I rattle on about nature and all of the fun elements to it.
Lest you think I am some nature freak know it all, I'm not. I cheat. Yes, I just admitted that I cheat. I use Anna Botsford Comstocks's Handbook of Nature Study.
It's fun to go out in your own yard to see what is coming alive after a long and cold winter. The pageantry begins as the bulbs vy for first place in the Miss Bulb of America Pageant. Here we have Miss. Tulip. A bit of a late bloomer 'round these parts but see the flower bud nestled down in the center of the plant? The three green segments you see are called sepals. As it grows and becomes taller those green sepals will turn the color of the flower. Then, and only then will we see Miss Tulips true colors. We'll be keeping a close eye on her.
My most favorite of all spring bulbs, Miss Hyacinth. She is the most fragrant. She smells absolutely gorgeous! Again, close to the ground in the center of the plant and you can see the tiny segmented green sepals. This little lady doesn't mind being round and plump. In fact, she feels the rounder and the plumper she is, the more she has to offer. Her platform is eating disorders.
Here we have Miss Daffodil. She's quite the contender as she is quite slim and colorful. She and Miss Hyacinth have been at odds with each other on "slender and sexy" vs "round and healthy".
Miss Daffodil is one of the early bloomers around these parts and as you can see, is already sticking her neck out there vying for first place. It's going to be an exciting competition..... ultimately, we all know each contender wants world peace and it isn't about how they look in their bathing suits.
Getting to the heart of the matter is what this contest is all about. It's about bulbs and not just looking at what is on the outside....
But also what is on the inside.. that is what truly matters most.
Well, that and teaching little ones that they can come and get mommy and show her signs of spring instead of ripping off branches and bringing them to mommy...... Until next time, this is your host Balinda, reporting live, on the Miss Bulb of America Pageant.