One of my favorite flowering shrubs is Arizona Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans stans). The other day, I spent some time pruning it back with some little hands eager to help.
Yellow Bells is susceptible to frost damage in the winter and with spring almost here, it was time to prune back the brown tips.
My son offered to help me with pruning off the frost damaged tips of our Yellow Bells shrub. As you can see, the shrub is taller then is.
My son loves to help me in the garden and I taught him to make his pruning cuts just above where the new leaves are beginning to appear.
I am always happy when any of my children want to help me in the garden, but I particularly enjoyed having my son help me on this day because it is more difficult for him because of his disability.
We adopted our son 5 years ago from China knowing that he had a disability. He was born with a condition in which some of his joints have limited strength and motion. In the case of our son, his hands and feet are affected.
He has had multiple surgeries and it is amazing at what he can do now compared to how limited he was when we adopted him when he was 2 years old. However, he still struggles with the residual effects of his condition. He does not always utilize his right hand and quite frankly, favors it while we are repeatedly encouraging him to use it to build up muscle strength.
As a result, I was so happy to see him having to use both hands to prune back our shrub. He was very committed to doing a good job.
He did a great job. However, I think I tired him out because he decided to go indoors and play with his toys once I pointed out the numerous other shrubs that needed to be pruned 😉
I highly recommend having your kids help you out in the garden. They learn an appreciation for plants and wildlife, which will hopefully lead to them becoming gardeners themselves someday.
How about you? Do you garden with your kids or grandchildren?