There have been hints of spring in the air this week, so the girls and I decided to do a little bit of gardening and brighten our garden with some flowers in their favourite colours. Last year, we planted a whole heap of seeds including sunflowers, cornflowers and a strawberry plant, and they loved watching them grow – although it was a race between the girls and the slugs on who got to eat the strawberries first!
After a little trip to the garden centre to choose our flowers, which included some winter pansies, heather, poppy and lobelia seeds, the weather took a turn for the worse, but wrapped up warm in our cosy knits, (mine is a 10 year old purchase from a little shop in Cornwall where it was locally made, the girls are from Babaa) we bundled into my sewing studio in the garden, to do the planting. Although it was cold and drizzly I wore my Birkenstocks simply because I’m struggling to bend down to get shoes on now I’m late in my pregnancy! I don’t buy leather anymore, but I worked out I’ve had these slip on sandals since I was 19 – thats 12 years of use!
The girls had a great time piling the compost into pots and mushing the seeds in with their own mini garden tools. Fortunately my green fingered father-in-law was visiting us for the weekend so we had some extra hands to help out when it got messy…
There was compost in hair and some very dirty fingernails, but nothing a hot bath didn’t solve when we got inside. The girls loved their afternoon gardening session and will enjoy caring for their plants and watching the seeds germinate. I’m no psychologist but I think its great for them to get their hands dirty in an activity that they can feel satisfied with and that boosts their own self confidence and self esteem. Our garden is certainly looking brighter for it too!
What messy activities do you like doing with your little ones? Let me know in the comments below!
Snaps taken on my iPhone 7