When I was little, and we still lived in Illinois, my dad’s family (all 10 brothers and sisters with their spouses and children) would regularly go to his parents house for dinner. I remember all of us grandkids catching fireflies, playing school in the basement and going to Matt’s house to play with the snapdragons. Matt was the next door neighbor and he was the nicest old man. Whenever we came over, he would come out and talk to us and show us the flowers. It was Matt that showed me how to make the snapdragons talk. Uh huh, they talk!
For years, I’ve been telling David about talking snapdragons. I embarrass him every time we’re in the garden center at Home Depot or Lowe’s by making them talk. This year, I planted snapdragons in our yard, though this will not stop me from continuing to embarrass him at Home Depot and Lowe’s.
So, here’s how it works. You pinch the base of the flower which opens the mouth. You repeat this motion while making a “meh meh meh” sound. You can make a different sound if you so choose, but the sound is a requirement. The pollen inside the flower even looks like teeth!
I can guarantee you that to this day I do not pass a snapdragon without making it talk. Something about it makes me happy. Thanks, Matt, for teaching me about the snapdragons and learning to enjoy the simple things in life. Try this the next time you see a snapdragon. It’ll make you smile, promise 🙂
Side note… the flowers have to be well watered or the flower won’t be strong enough for this to work.