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.