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Monday, April 11, 2011

Cinder Block Saturday--Gardening With Teenagers

What a wonderful weather weekend we had for playing in the garden/yard. I have been reading and rereading Pam's Block Wall post found here http://www.penick.net/digging/?p=10996 Three of my girls and one of their friends didn't think the gray color of the blocks would blend well with the other colors of our garden art, so this is what we/they came up with.Keep in mind when you are gardening with teenagers you must let them add a little of their personality...which is a small price to pay for their labor. (and it's just paint)

I still need to add more moss in areas...all in all I believe they did a great job. The wall sits on the edge of our property street side. We did get some curious looks, a few thumbs up and a couple shouts of "I love it!"

Then the girls wanted to paint a cinder block all their own as a keepsake of our day....three of my girls on the right, their dear, dear friend on the left.


Today I am Thankful that these precious teenagers wanted to spend the day with me outside!


tina said...

It looks fantastic! A big improvement over the gray for sure.

FlowerLady said...

Wow, that turned out GREAT! The girls did a fantastic job, and now you've got my mind working on this. Mmmmmm.

Enjoy your week.


Gail said...

Darla, That is so cool! Really love the paintings and color choices. I know Pam will love this...I think it's fantastic how engaged you are with your kids!xxoogail

One said...

Darla, I feel so happy for you. It must be fun watching them release their creativity in the garden.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a great project. It looks good and sounds like you all had fun.

Anonymous said...

The color is a great way to liven up that wall. The girls did a great job adding their own personality to it too. :)

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I really like how it turned out! What a great idea.

Pam/Digging said...

Thanks for the link love, and how cool that you and your girls made your own version! The red adds a lot of zing, and their painted additions are cheerful and fun. And best of all you got to spend time with your kids. Win-win!

Chandramouli S said...

The red brightened the area and I like the patterns that the girls painted. The overall look's cool. You're lucky to have such wonderful helpers around.

George said...

I think the girls did a great job with the wall. I like their personal touches.

Lois said...

How sweet! They certainly did a wonderful job. I might have to come down and take a peek!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, The girls did a great job with their wall.... I love all of the colors and designs... It's neat to see teens working in the garden like that ---using their creativity...

Mary said...

What a cool idea, I love it! And I have the perfect spot for one too... My girls will love painting one too. :)

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, otherwise I might have never found you!

Karen said...

Wow, Darla, you're all so creative. That wall is fantastic already and so colorful. Great memories for the girls, too.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Wonderful idea and project! Sounds like you and the girls had a blast! Lovin' the wall and they spent the whole time with you!
Have a great weeek!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Darla. I had saw that idea on Pam's blog and thought it was so clever. Wow, the girls did a great job on painting and decorating it and I bet they had a lot of fun in the process.

Cher' Shots said...

Very creative, love the color! Great idea.
'hugs from afar'

siteseer said...

Awesome! What a great garden spot with a message. A memory that the girls will have forever.

Becca's Dirt said...

Lucky you I say to have all that youth to hang out with - makes you feel younger doesn't it. Great job on the painting and the plants. What a great idea too. Love it.

~mel said...

Fantastic job on the cinder blocks ~ and what a great way to spend time together. LOVE THIS IDEA!!

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

Very cool! I think those cinder block walls are very neat. How do you get the protruding blocks to hold plants?

Mandy said...

What a great idea! My girls would probably love to get to paint my succulent wall that's made out of cinderblocks. How fun!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

looks like the teens had fun and the end result is quite stunning.

Cat said...

The planter looks awesome Darla! Great job by the teens ;) Pam is right, a win/win for everyone!

Anonymous said...

That is just too cool!! I love your daughters' artwork. The placement of the cinders with the plants is just perfect. What a great project! I nominate you for garden mom of the year! :)

NanaK said...

That is a great project. How sweet to be able to work on it together with your girls.

Julie said...

It turned out beautifully! That is such a cool design!!!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

That is so creative! What a precious piece of art to have in your garden. I love the funky yet functional nature of it. You've got some creative girls there, Darla!

Ginger said...

how sweet!

xinex said...

Your teenagers did a great job. How lucky of you to get their help...Christine

Martha (MM) said...

What a great idea!! It's beautiful! :-)

Skeeter said...

OMGoodness, I just called my Saint in to look at this! We will surely take on this project in our woods to replace our seasonal themed picket fence. I have another plan for the picket fence...

Dar said...

You have inspired future gardeners. How exciting to spend such precious time with your girls. I love the red, creative thinking going on.
I also finally got to look back at some of your posts and love all the blooms you already have. My plants are just now, ' b a r e l y ' peeking their noses above ground.

Susie said...

Hey Darla,

I love it! I think it turned out great!

Hope you are well and thanks for checking in on me. I have been sick for about 3 weeks now. Just now feeling like my old self.

Hope you are enjoying this wonderful spring weather as much as I am.

Ginny said...

A great way to get the teens involved - and they did a fantastic job!

Leedra said...

Building memories that will be with you forever. Such a wonderful way to spend the day with your children.

NellJean said...

What a display! Great that they were so willing and creative as well.

I picked up on your use of moss. I forget about the abundance of spanish moss and have some sheet moss from the florist as well.

Dani said...


Nezzy said...

Oh baby, that's so much better than gray. The girls were right and did a marvelous job. What an interestin' lawn project!!! :o)

God bless and have an amazin' day!!!

Tootsie said...

I love it Darla!!! a little whimsy to a great project!!! and all the memories you had help making!!! I might need to do this project one day myself!!!

Sandy said...

Your one lucky Mom.. my three kids hated it when I would ask them to come out in the yard and give me a hand.. ewwww, bugs! Today they are grown and still do not garden..lol
Your cinder block art is really nice and now it's special!

Twisted Fencepost said...

How cute!!
Love this idea!

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

Oh that looks great Darla! I like the plants that spill over there and it will look fantastic filled in!

Alison said...

I love your cinder block wall! I even love what the teenagers did with it!

Zoey said...

Beautiful! I just saw this someplace else yesterday and thought it was a good idea. I love how yours is painted red. And I agree that is very special to have all the teens wanting to spend the day with you.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

You guys are so creative! I forgot to look to see if you have your grill planted.

Richtfgd said...

It looks fantastic! A big improvement over the gray for sure.

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