Lets Make… A Seasonal Flower Lei

My son came home from preschool the other day with a necklace of fresh flowers which he said he made especially for me because he knows how much I like flowers.   Super duper sweet, although I thanked the preschool teacher the next day as I knew she was behind it!

But it did get me thinking about the Azalea and Rhododendron bushes in my own garden and how this might be a fun thing to do myself with the kids.  I’ve been thinking about using these plants in an arrangement but in all honesty I’m not a big fan of their bright flowers….so this seemed like a great way to use them instead.

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My son helped me pick the flowers for about a minute and was then off doing something else! My daughter on the other hand was all over it, and loved picking and playing with all parts of the flower and trying on the garland as I added more and more flowers.

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I couldn’t think of a better way to spend time outside in the garden with the kids. It brought back memories of daisy chains and flower crowns… despite this one being a little more OTT.

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As a side note, Rhododendron and Azaleas are known to be a toxic plant if digested in high amounts (a 55-pound child would need to eat over 100 grams of Azalea or Rhododendron leaves before reaching toxic levels).  Highly unlikely, but if using these plants best keep an eye out that your kids aren’t eating the flowers as they pick them and your pets don’t think they are a tasty treat!!!

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