Mama OWL Blog: April showers bring forth May flowers

April showers bring forth May flowers

Saturday, 6 April 2013


On Easter Sunday the children had their breakfast (they were livid that I made them eat breakfast first, I am a terrible Mum!) and then tucked in to their Easter baskets of goodies.

We had an egg hunt in the back garden which unfortunately was marred by the poor attitudes of two of my delightful brood, before heading back in to the house for our roast lamb.

After we had eaten & the kitchen was cleaned up, we all (well, almost all - teen was glued to the laptop) went back out in to the garden to have a Spring tidy up. The Mister got the lawnmower out, and H & E and I grabbed the shovels & trowels and started digging up the borders.

Unfortunately as the garden has been quite neglected over this very long (long, long, long...) Winter, we only managed to clean up one border in the end.

We dug it all out, cleaned it all up and then H planted some Forget Me Nots. He very carefully dug a little trench with the trowel and planted them in, before covering it all up and watering them in.



E did her bit by planting our Sunflower seeds in to tin cans, to grow on ready to plant out in the garden in May. We got the seeds free with our copy of The Lorax DVD and so couldn't let them go to waste.
We're looking forward to growing them up outside the back door, E is certain that The Lorax is going to come and see them when they've started to shoot!


We can't wait for the weather to warm up a bit so that we can enjoy some more time in the garden. We're looking to replace the trampoline and play equipment this year, it has all had many good years of service but is definitely in need of replacing now.

We're going to get a bigger slide (because that is E's favourite and she has outgrown the toddler one that we have), a basketball hoop and we're also looking at wooden playhouses to get for E's birthday on the 27th. I also want to get some garden activity toys, crazy golf and swingball and that sort of thing. With the kids being older now, we need to think of different things to keep them entertained out in the garden.

I've been browsing the selection of climbing frames at climbingframes.com, the Victory Pirate Ship climbing frame is amazing and I know even my big kids would love it. Something wooden with a slide and a swing or two would be ideal for us, so that all five of the kids could enjoy it equally. I've caught A sitting on the swings with E, I know she's not too big for them yet despite what she says!

The Mister is also in the process of rebuilding our patio. I hope it's finished sooner rather than later because we're going to need somewhere to sit for our Summer barbecues! Speaking of sitting, I also need to replace the outdoor table & chairs. I've even made a For the Garden Pinterest board to keep track of everything I am coveting, I can hear my bank account groaning already!

It'll all be worth it when it is done though, I'm so looking forward to the Springtime arriving, we could all do with a little warmth and sunshine.

I have linked this post with Coombe Mill's #CountryKids linky.
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19 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great Easter. We would love some new outdoor play things too but can be very expensive!

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  2. They can indeed, we're going to be spreading them out over the coming months and saving up! :) x

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  3. I wish we had a garden all the time to do things like this with my wee man!

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  4. We are very lucky to have the garden that we do, it is perfect for our family (but a lot of maintenance!) x

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  5. Sounds like you have big plans for your garden and thanks for reminding me we want to grow sunflowers this year. I look forward to seeing what you decide on getting :)

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  6. You have all been very busy bees in the garden and nicer when the family joins in to help. Good luck with the sunflowers and thanks for linking to Country Kids.

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  7. Lovely photos. I love being out in the garden with the kids.

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  8. I would love to have a garden to get the kids out and planting seeds. Would be such fun.

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  9. i am LOVING our garden - we moved to your house in January and before that we didnt have one so its just such a wonderful play area to have for me and the boys to enjoy. sounds like you have some great plans to improve it and i hope you get lots of sunny days to implement them and enjoy them :)

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  10. I love getting in the garden and getting the spring tidy up done! i got out in mine finally today xx

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  11. its always nice to get outside, I agree with needing to alter the outdoors activities to suit the kids as they get older, basketball hoop is still a hit here tho :)

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  12. We love sunflowers o happy looking. Looks like you've been very buy x

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  13. Love all your plans for the garden. We have a small garden at the moment, not too much we can do, but our garden back at home is lovely - one of the things I miss!

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  14. Fantastic to get outside with your children and teaching them how to grow sunflowers in the garden :)

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  15. My kids planted my mothers day narcissi in garden this week! Must do sunflowers too

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  16. Thank you very much, they really enjoyed the planting so we will definitely be doing some more over the coming weeks x

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  17. I would love a big proper wooden climbing frame for the garden. We need something substantial really to make an impact in the space we have, and something which won't get wrecked by the wind & openness (unless the OH gets round to actually laying a hedge). Daren't go and look at the climbing frame site!

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  18. what a busy day, love the planting pictures :)

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  19. Getting the children planting things is great fun. I love your idea of starting the sun flowers in tin cans, I would never have thought of doing this.
    Your plans for the garden sound brilliant. We bought a trampoline for our girls birthday and we actually got to spend the whole weekend outside on it. I thought they might be too young yet, but they love it.

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