I’ve really missed being out in the garden this week. The weather hasn’t been great, and when the sun has been shining, James has been in a cuddly, needs to go to bed soon mood. Ah, that lovely evening sunshine! Such a pity. When I have been outside the birds have been singing, and I noticed there might be a family of starling in our just-blossoming honeysuckle.
We did pop outside for a while to weed a border and sprinkle some tiny flower seeds in the freshly-turned soil. James spent the entire time repeating that bugs can’t hurt him, so it was a quick visit to the garden, useful, and necessary, I think.
Since I spent time pulling out all the brambles, our camellia bush has flowered, as though to say thank you for not being strangled anymore.
So I’ve been dreaming and planning of how to improve our little plot. I think I’d love some ferns, because they are so bright, green and lush. They also remind me of holidays in the New Forest when I was a child. We saw an adder once among the bracken – wow!
I like cheery flowers, though marigolds didn’t last the night when I planted them last year, so something more hardy but brightly coloured would be fab. Dahlias and zinnias are gorgeous, aren’t they?!
I also really like this idea by ParentMap, who describe a number of edible flowers to grow with kids in this post.
When we’ve got the garden sorted and the weather is nice, we do usually spend quite a bit of time outside. I would love James to get over his little thing of bugs, we seem to be on the way, and perhaps this lovely toddler garden area by Fantastic Fun and Learning would help? It’s essentially constructive mud playing!
In past years we’ve enjoyed barbecues in the summer, and our kettle barbecue is a little past its best as it’s been outdoors over the winter. I love the look of this one from Next. It’s stylish and practical!
I can well imagine filling this jug up with a delicious fruity cocktail, or mocktail if the kids are still awake, and spending a good evening in the garden before the sun goes down.
And how fun does that nest look?
Over on Instagram last week I watched as quite a few people were doing up their garden, and got garden envy! Here’s @thetwinklesmama’s lovely hyacinths
and @thereadingresidence’s acer:
Just absolutely gorgeous!
And even Noah’s nappy has a garden theme!
Have a look at my Pinterest board for some inspiration for your own garden, or see what else I’ve been dreaming about for ours! Feel free too to send me some pins if you see any you think I should see for my garden board!