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Miss Lilly and the Hollyhock Garden

Miss Lilly and the Hollyhock Garden

Miss Lilly and the Hollyhock Garden

Samantha got this book for her birthday several years ago and it is still one of our favorites.  The pictures are all of hollyhock dolls.

The story was wonderful.  It was about a hollyhock doll that was blown away out of her garden and had the help of many friends to get back.  At the back of the book, was a not to send away to the author for hollyhock seeds.  We did and they are still growing in our garden year after year.

You can actually make your own hollyhock dolls.  Samantha and I have made many, but they are rather fragile and have not lasted until we could get the camera to take their picture.  We’ll have to go make more!

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Oddhopper Opera by Kurt Cyrus (A book review by Samantha)

Oddhopper Opera by Kurt Cyrus

Oddhopper Opera by Kurt Cyrus

There’s a lot of rhyming words in this book.  For  example:

“Calling all oddhoppers!  Aphids and bees.

Crickets and dung beetles, earwigs and fleas!”

I like the ants because of their funny little sayings.  I love the snail race.

(Thank you Samantha!  And thank you Suzie and Elliot for introducing us to this book!)


Books that inspired a “garden party” birthday.

Sunflower House

Sunflower House

“Sunflower House” by Eve Bunting is such a wonderful book!  It inspired us to build our own sunflower house.  Unfortunately, I can’t find a picture of our sunflower house right now, but it was wonderful.  During my daughter’s birthday, we sat inside our sunflower house and read the story.

“Miss Lilly and the Hollyhock Garden” by Mary Martin was another wonderfully inspiring book.  We sent away for the hollyhock seeds as suggested in the book and our hollyhocks are still growing three years later!

“Sunflower Houses” by Sharon Lovejoy is still inspiring us to more wonderful and exciting adventures in our garden!

The recipe for her cake came from “Along the Garden Path.”  It was an Italian Rose Geranium Cream Cake made with rose geranium from our garden and decorated with our own edible flowers.  The kids all loved it!

And this was her invitation…

Roses, Daisies, Lilies Galore
Have you ever been to a garden party before?

You’re invited to this one and we hope you’ll come see.
Help us celebrate as Samantha turns three.

We will be in the garden from 2 until 4.
You will have fun in her garden and leave wanting more.

We will provide the sunscreen.
We will water the flowers to help them stay green.

Samantha is excited to see you all.
With you in her garden it will be a ball.

Samantha’s garden will be open on June 4.
Please RSVP the groundskeeper by June 1