Thursday, 12 July 2012

A Little Window Box


Thanks for all the brilliant biscuit feedback, I so enjoyed reading your comments! How could I forget about custard creams, chocolate bourbons, nice biscuits, malted milks, hobnobs and jaffa cakes...I must do more eating research.

We have been doing some very child friendly gardening lately, to perk up the little window box on Bella and Angus's wooden play house. I did my absolute best to give them free reign with it all and Not Interfere. 

A trip was made. Plants were chosen at the local greengrocers. Bella chose a fuschia, a petunia, a geranium and a dianthus. All slected for their colour with no idea from anyone as to what would grow well in the little window box.


They were taken out of their pots and examined.



Planted and watered.


Then admired and photographed with moments to spare before there was a huge clap of thunder and it poured with rain.


I think Bella really enjoyed doing this. She'd been talking about it all week. When I asked her what she enjoyed most about it she said "watering them". I'm happy to know that, even at the grand old age of five, there is still of lot of fun to be had with a watering can in the garden. She's still little.


36 comments:

galant said...

Oh, how I'd have loved a play house like that when I was knee high to a grasshopper! My parents had a shop and we only had a back yard shared with neighbours, no green space at all. But nonetheless, I had a lovely childhood so am not complaining! I was taken for a walk most days and I could see (just!) the sea from my bedroom window! But this is a children's idyll, a really lovely playhouse and a super start to gardening.
Margaret P
PS There is a good book you might enjoy on the subject of biscuits: A Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down (well, I think that's the title without checking on Amazon or high up on my bookshelves!)

galant said...

I know this should be with the previous post, but I thought you might like to know that there is a biscuit/tea website you might enjoy:
www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com (Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down) run by a chap called Nicey and his Wifie. It's great fun!
Margaret P

Charmaine said...

too cute! what a lovely play house! x

Thomasina Tittlemouse said...

What a delight! And inside the play house it doesn't matter if it is raining (again!) I bet your little ones will remember the delight of planting this up for years to come. I think if it's going to rain much more I might move into a dear little wooden house like this one just to feel cosy!

mags said...

So lovely and how beautiful the pink is against the grey would like a blanket in those colours!

Julia said...

I love her plant combination...lovely colors! Their playhouse is just adorable! I would live there, it's just so cute! Great photos. My favorite one is of Bella watering the plants with Angus watching! You have two sweet little children!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

What a magical thing, to plant your own flowers in the window box of your own playhouse. They're making happy memories I'm sure, those two littlies of yours.

Rowantree Design said...

Oh that makes my heart flutter, a sweet blog about sweetness, I wish I could read more of these. Roberta

Col @ Hello Olive said...

I'm just about ready to move into their play house! The window box looks great! x

Gillian said...

We had a playhouse in our garden as children, raised up on steps, with a little balcony around the edge. Sometimes we would be allowed to take our duvets and pillows outside and sleep in it overnight. We loved it! Thanks for the kind words.

I remember that book - I was working in a bookshop when it came out and it was a big hit that Christmas!

Gillian said...

I've just had a look - what fun! I like "biscuit of the week".

Gillian said...

Oh dear, I feel I've misled you - it is also damp, full of toys, and has a smashed window pane from when Angus bashed the window with a spade!

Gillian said...

Thank you. I do have dreams about prettying up the house with curtains and what not but it would be ruined in five minutes. I think what I need is a shed, with a wood burning stove, sofa, blankets, bunting...

Gillian said...

Yes, I agree! What a lovely idea, using nature as a basis for making things and choosing colours.

Gillian said...

Thank you, what kind words. It's quite damp and spidery in that play house though!

Gillian said...

Thank you for such lovely words. I have to remember to step back more and just watch them.

Gillian said...

Thank you Roberta! I have been following your adventures around NYC this week with great interest and envy!

Gillian said...

Thank you Col. Although I may have to do a reveal of the damp, spiders, smashed window pane and tacky plastic garden toys tomorrow - I am feeling like I misled you all! x

Anonymous said...

this is so sweet and how cute is the window box. really lovely. xo

trishie said...

Love the look of your window box! The flowers look so sweet in it.

Monica said...

i really look forward to some mini-kiddo-gardening when we have our own place again. Miss 4 loves watering too.

Jo said...

I'm so pleased that Bella's favourite part was the watering as that's the bit that she can do over and over again all summer. It looks lovely and I love her choice of plants.

millefeuilles said...

Dear Gillian,

This is my first visit to your blog and I land on one of the charming posts I have seen in a while. Your children must surely be very joyful souls to have such a wonderful mother. These pictures capture simplicity and the magic of life. Well done!

Stephanie, your most recent follower.

Donna said...

It looks lovely and I like the way that Bella's flower choices are colour co-ordinated. Very pretty :)

Gillian said...

Thank you! My husband could not see the point of the window box when we ordered the play house but I'm so glad I insisted! x

Gillian said...

I wish I had window boxes on the front of our "real" house - what fun that would be!

Gillian said...

Oh yes, the joy of a new garden to plant as well as a new house to decorate. All kids love watering, don't they.

Gillian said...

Such a good point Jo! It would be tricky if the planting bit was her favourite, at least she can water them every day. Although with the current rain levels nothing actually needs watering in the garden!

Gillian said...

Hello Stephanie, how nice to meet you and thank you for such a wonderful comment. We've had so little garden time this summer as it's been very wet, so we have to make the most of every second we are out there!

Gillian x

Gillian said...

Like me, she likes the pretty flowers and planting but not the hard graft!

Andrea @ little buckles said...

I love this! They did good :)

Anna said...

This is so pretty. Such a lovely little play house.
Bella's plaits are sweet too! xx

Andrea said...

Ooohh, please can we see more play house photos?

Gillian said...

I will pass that on to them! :) xx

Gillian said...

It's her Peppa Pig hair bobbles that kill me. Despite claiming that Peppa is for "babies" she still chooses those ones when I do her hair. xx

Gillian said...

Ok, but I have to warn you it's not pretty!