Friday, August 21, 2009

Flower art

By Ellie, aged 9, and Ruby, aged 7:

By way of explanation, the pot in the middle is sugar water. They wanted to look at some wasps up close (don't ask) and since Plan A (chase them and catch them with bare hands) proved unworkable though had some interestingly dramatic effects on the hysteria levels among adults in the immediate vicinity, I suggested Plan B, which was to attract them in and watch from a safe distance. They thought the wasps would be more likely to come if they thought the pot was a flower, so they asked if they could pick some petals from the garden to put around the sugar water. It looked so pretty I just had to take a picture.


VP said...

What a great idea and I had a giggle at your girls having no fear over wasps but the adults getting rather agitated!

I've tagged you for a writing meme. There's no obligation to take part, but I'm interested in what you have to say :)

Beth said...

I love flower art and the way you have shown it, it is my biggest passion. Beth

Plant Mad Nige said...

Very pretty. Wonderful to think of kids wanting to get close to wasps. An overripe plum, sliced in half, works beautifully, especially if it begins to ferment. The wasps become drunk and sluggish, so tolerating closer inspection.

Interesting, too, that the kids obviously bunched wasps along with bees, in their minds, and assumed them to be interested in flowers.

The Constant Gardener said...

Thanks for tagging me VP - will get around to responding soon I promise :D

and Nige - I did explain the bit about wasps vs bees but they didn't take any notice as they wanted an excuse to pick flowers. Well, at least I tried. I must try the plum idea, though not sure about donating an overripe one as I tend to eat most of those myself.

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