I like this photo, it makes it look as though our yard is kind of rustic and charming with carefully considered pots of bulbs arranged in a cute way deliberately down the steps. In reality this is where all of the pots of bulbs I’ve had in the house over the last 3 years get dumped and happily they just seem to grow anyway. (See here for the before photos)

Even this mass of bulbs that isn’t in a pot it flowering! Very tenacious.

Tiny Tin Bird likes to go outside a lot now and he really likes to stroke the petals on these little tete a tetes. I say, “Gently, gently…” and to his credit, he is.

I have been training him to be gentle with the daffodils and amaryllis on the windowsill. I lift him up and he strokes the petals and then the stalks and is very sweet with it. He waves bye-bye to them when I put him down again, too. Yesterday I moved the daffodils into the kitchen so I could put them in the bin as they’d come to the end of their life. Later, TTB stood under the window, pointed to the amaryllis and said “Ler-lers!”. Oh my! “Yes!” I said, “Flowers!” he gave me a big grin and went to the kitchen door, pointed up at the daffodils and said again, “Ler-lers!” Flowers! Oh bless him, I was so proud. His linguistic development is such a joy to watch (and without a doubt the only thing I have used my degree for is to feel smug that I know how to observe this, ha) and he is very proud of himself when he learns a new word and gets one right.

The amaryllis is above the radiator which I think has helped to bring it on, it’s only taken a few weeks and now look at it:

Massive! It’s so beautiful. I’m glad that the stem isn’t too long as it’s still managing to support both heads. There is another head yet to bloom on this stalk, along with two very small ones which look immature and I don’t they will flower. There is a second stalk as well, but I can’t tell how many heads are on that one because it’s still closed up. It’s been really exciting waiting for it to flower actually and waiting to see how many heads it would have. I have enjoyed the surprise. I’m definitely going to get an amaryllis again next year!

13 thoughts on “Ler-lers

  1. Anne Marie says:

    How lovely your unarranged back yard looks. I love daffodils and you have reminded me to buy some. I’ve not done so already as I had a pot of them growing on the window sill and no more room. I will get some tomorrow.

    Talking about baby talk, my son used to point up at the sky and say ‘hopcopcar’. You won’t win a prize for guessing what that was.

  2. Hello! I think your pots look gorgeous on the steps – very European! I’m imagining a little village in France with your door wide open and the smell of freshly baked bread wafting down to passersby……. delicious! xxx ♥

  3. What a sweetie!

    My youngest is eight now. Favourite phrases were “sank you” for “thank you”, “bye bobby” for “bye everybody” and “wotchu saaaay?” Instead of “Pardon me, I didn’t quite hear that. Could you please repeat it?”

    Daffodils are always really resilient. Even I can’t kill daffodils. I kill all plants.


  4. Kath says:

    So glad I’m not the only one with a tendency to abandon pots outside the back door. I love my garden, I’m just really bad at doing the gardening….. The words children develop are great, aren’t they? My son loved dinosaurs from an early age, but called them “see-saws”. Other classics in our house were “giraffe” for draught (as in “close the door to keep the draught out”), and chess pawns became “prawns”. My sister used to say “telefox” for telephone box.

  5. One-oh-four says:

    Beautiful ler-lers! Especially that amaryllis – I have only seen red ones before, yours is very elegant in white! My kids still use some of their baby words even now – glubbs for gloves, berscetti for spaghetti, and “old Mary ” which was a mishear for the word ordinary once which stuck, as in “old Mary bread” = white sliced. It’s nice that you are documenting these things here, I hate to think how many things like that I have forgotten about my kids.

  6. Angela says:

    The flowers make the back yard look like Spring is finally well on the way. I love seeing a collection of bulbs just laying there suddenly spring into life, as for your Amaryllis it’s gorgeous. I always keep the bulbs once flowered and start them off again the following year.

    Angela xx

  7. Oh, I love your honesty about the daffodils in pots but they look great – and I love the ones growing that aren’t even in a pot!! You have other things to occupy your time – enjoy little tin bird, before long he will have flown the nest – enjoy, it is such a special time. xx

  8. Adrienne says:

    Isn’t it lovely to see the daffodils come out. And how special it is too to watch our children grow and develop. these are such special times and they grow up oh so quickly. My 16 year old used to call flowers wow-ers! Oh, where has the time gone. Enjoy these precious moments with TTB – and the daffs and amaryllis too. I get given a bulb each year by my father in law – this year I’ve had 2 stems with 4 flowers and am on stem 3 with 4 flowers. Don’t give up on the smaller stems – cut the stems off when they’ve finished flowering and you never know – the smaller ones might get a chance to shine!

  9. Alison says:

    I loved listening to my daughter’s language develop, it was just great to hear a new word. However, I was most put out that ‘Mummy’ didn’t appear until she was 15 months old. ‘Daddy’ was in amongst those early words. I put it down to me being with her all the time refering to Daddy this and Daddy that, and never refering to myself in the third person….!
    I can’t remember which programme it was but I have in my head the picture of a frantic mother facing her child repeating ‘Mummy….Mummy’. I didn’t go there……nope, not at all, but I did do a victory lap of the sofa when she finally said it.
    You have years of fantastic language ahead of you…enjoy!

  10. It’s just fab, I think, that’ll you’ll have this blog to show TTB when he’s older – so he can be astounded at his own development. I’ve just been having a catch-up read while my little boy has a truly epic nap (don’t you just LOVE those surprise marathon naps?!) and I’m sad to see your oven is kaput, but pleased that everyone cheered you up with their kind comments. Your pancakes look scrummy, but your ripple blanket is even more beautiful! What LURVELY colours! Keep looking at those colours and your gorgeous wee man and that might help to keep you cheerful until the weather and your kitchen situation improve.

    (Oh – and pancake pizza is awesome – I invented it the other lunchtime – make a BIG pancake and slap some tomato purée and cheese on top while cooking the second side in the pan – there you have a quick [even quick enough for lunchtime] pizza without the need for an oven!)


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