Saturday, 30 May 2009

A bit of gardening!

I haven't actually got around to doing any scrapping over the last two weeks. This week has been half term for the children, so we have been quite busy. I would like to say that we have been out every day, but with the typical English weather that we get, that has not been the case. It rained continually through Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, which makes it so difficult when you have young children who just want to be outside! Luckily the weather improved and we got to go to a few different places.

We had a chore that really needed doing this week and that was tidying the garden. If you had seen it last weekend, you would have been disgusted. It involved a couple of round trips to the dump and some major plant buying.

Unfortunately I let hubby buy all the plants and he came back with a carful of bedding plants and not one plant that will come out annually. However, the bedding plants he picked were pretty and made a big difference.
This is my flower box at the front of my house, which is blossoming beautifully. I wish I could take credit for this one, but my dad actually planted these.

My girls really enjoyed helping with the planting and seem to have a flair for it. I think it has a lot to do with their lovely teacher this year who is a keen gardener and responsible for the school gardens. You will often find her taking the children out to do a bit of gardening.

It turned into a lovely family activity and really made the garden look a lot more pleasant. The children actually want to play in it now, much to the annoyance of my cranky new neighbours.

I actually don't mind making hanging baskets, I find it very therapeutic and love to watch them bloom over the coming months. Though we had a bit of a disaster after this picture was taken. The girls went to pick up the baskets and dropped the lot and I had to remake them with some rather battered plants.

I am interested as to whether any of the book blogging world are actually secret gardeners!
Thanks for stopping by.

14 comments:

  1. I love my hanging basket - I'm convinced the secret to success is always to put much more in them than you think they will need. And water, water, water! We cut the grass yesterday, and the pots and what have you are coming along nicely. The bad news is that I have a ton of weeding to do, and my palm tree seems to be DYING! This is not good news!

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  2. Your flowers look gorgeous! Mine that I planted and posted about awhile back have been flourishing--except for the hydrangeas. I'm not sure those are going to make it. This fall we are planning to re-do our front bed a bit, as well...

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  3. Great gardening pictures. I've been busy adding color myself lately.

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  4. The flowers look beautiful, I enjoy gardening too. Its nice to get the kids involved :)
    I spruced up my garden these past two weekends and have my fingers crossed for the new little tree I planted. She doesnt look so good...lol.
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  5. It's wonderful your children have such an inspiring teacher. They may have found something they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

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  6. I love hanging baskets and agree that you have to put more in then you think you should as they tend to grow so much better. Love the flowers in your garden can't wait to see them as they grow. xx

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  7. That's a great family activity, Viv!

    I know if I try gardening, the plants may not be able to survive it... LOL!

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  8. The flowers are just great, your flower box looks lovely. How nice to have made it into a family activity too-it's a good thing for kids to get into stuff like that. I love to garden-actually I just love to watch things grow. lol.

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  9. I don't have a yard but I would love to garden. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  10. Your flowers are gorgeous! I've planted some in the past and kept hanging baskets, but it gets too hot in the summer and the flowers always wilt.

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  11. What great pictures! Thank you for posting them.

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  12. What beautiful flowers :) We did quite a bit of gardening over the last few weeks, and I'm planning on posting some photos sometime soon as well. I'd love to say that it was me in the family with the green thumb, but it's not. All N. He seems to really enjoy it as well, who am I to argue?

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  13. What a fun activity to do w/ the family. What beautiful flowers!

    What a reading retreat the yard is.

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  14. Lovely photos & what lovely family time!

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