Suddenly, Pip is old enough to join in my real activities. Yesterday, she enjoyed colouring in with crayons. Today, she helped me in the garden. I’ve been making a real effort to grow lots of pretty flowers; my sweet peas and tomatoes are doing (apparently) very well, which makes me happy. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the day that she was grown up enough to garden with me, which happily coincided with the #kidsgrowwild gardening challenge.
Pip and I spent Sunday afternoon attending to some tasks in the garden. After watching Gardner’s World the night before, I learnt that jobs for the weekend should include trimming all vertical surfaces. So we did that. And weeded. Watered. Tidied the place up a bit. We then planted up several planters with some seeds; pansies, wild flowers and sunflowers. Pip helped with every stage, from the initial filling of the planter with compost to the watering at the end. She loved the new feeling of dirt on her hand (she would only wear a glove on the hand that wasn’t using the trowel!) and then the water from the watering can proved a sensory delight (as you can see in the middle right photo in the bottom collage).
We had such fun. I look forward to many more weekends of the same.