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Little Green Fingers

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

While green fingers certainly run in my family, unfortunately it seems to have missed me completely. With that said, out of my own five children it appears that it is H in particular who has inherited the love of gardening from my father & grandfather, and he has been taking pride in potting his own plants and seeds since we started working on the garden.


We bought him a little four-tier greenhouse for him to keep all of his seeds and things in, and A helped him build it & put it out in the garden. Unfortunately we had a minor mishap with a freak gust of wind catching it & knocking it over, which meant he lost all of his newly planted seeds and a tray. He was so upset about bless his heart, so I helped him repot the Pansies & Violas and then we took him to buy new seeds & trays to replace them.

He's been sure to add extra weight to it to keep it steady this time, as clearly we didn't add enough the first time! But it seems like it will hold now so fingers crossed it doesn't happen again. He's bought some more Pansy seeds, and he also chose some Mint to grow this time, too. Perfect for mojitos...


The Mister has been busy digging out old tree stumps and levelling out other areas of the garden ready for our new pots, and pebbles for our 'garden of remembrance' for our hamsters, Sparky & Cannonbolt. The ground isn't suitable for planting at the side of the house so we'll just decorate it with pots, stones, and other knick-knacks instead.

The kids have potted up lots of lovely plants ready to decorate the garden with, and they've been taking
good care of them until the patio & tiered areas are ready for them. H is first out there with the watering can in the mornings (which he then has to wrestle with E for) and it's good to see them taking an interest.


My sister J has shown me some lovely free-standing planters which are ideal for planting veg, so I think that will be my next plan, depending on how our Summer flowers go. It'd be lovely to "grow our own" and like I said, I am rubbish at it but now H is keen I think I'll let him have a go! He & my nephew S (9) seem to be the able gardeners, maybe it just skipped a generation!


Hopefully in the coming months we should have some beautiful borders & pots full of Victoria Cross Poppies, Desert Bluebells, Sweet Peas, Black Velvet Gladioli, Anemones, and Pansies provided all goes well, and with the kids being this keen to take care of them I have high hopes for a garden bursting with colour come the Summertime.


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15 comments:

  1. Aww, looks like fun! Lovely post :) xx

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  2. How lovely that he is so keen on gardening. It will be great for him to see the results over the summer x #loudnproud

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  3. Sounds wonderful! So lovely to watch out kids get involved and enthusiastic about something new isn't it? And with this hobby you will benefit too!

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  4. Very impressed with the gardening! My kids aren't interested at all (nor am I, to be honest), but I think it's fab to see his enthusiasm and great that you're encouraging it with his own space.

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  5. What a great way to encourage his interest. I hope it is problem free this time round. Fingers crossed. #CountryKids

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  6. Looks like they are so into it! Look at their concetration. =) #countrykids

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  7. I'm like you - I've always loved the idea of gardening but I actually prefer to leave it to the OH! Saying that though I planted sunflower seeds, beans, tomato and salad seeds with the children last week and three out of four are growing! ;) x

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  8. What a lovely post! My children love gardening too, so lovely to see :) x #LoudnProud

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  9. It's great that the whole family are taking an interest in the garden and making it lovely and a place that you all want to spend time in! Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  10. I hope they bloom beautifully! I have plans to do this soon :)

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  11. I love planting with the children, can't wait to get the garden at our new house all set! #countrykids

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  12. Wonderful, my little one loves gardening too and we are attempting to grow tomatoes. They look a bit sad right now, I might have to go talk to them :-)

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  13. What a lovely post and what lovely photos too!! #countrykids

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  14. awwww how cute that he loves to do some gardenning... I wish my 2 oldest were interested in it more... but they just prefer to drown anything planted related with the watering can! haha #HDYGG

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  15. It makes me uber happy to see kids gardening! I love the plant pots too - really unusual shapes - where did you get them from?

    Thanks for joining in and sharing with us x

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