04. How Does Your Garden Grow? (1)
Yo! Today is the start of a new 'thing' on this little old blog of mine, a weekly photo feature meme linky type thing - How Does Your Garden Grow? Because you know, it's Spring and the the birds are singing, the sun is intermittently shining and all around us new colours are appearing and generally making people feel a lot more positive and chipper. It's one time of the week where I'll be sharing the pretty things I see whilst going about my business of mothering, blogging, loafing and mooching. And no, that's not my garden in those photos, my garden is a 'work in progress' so most weeks I'll be sharing photos from other peoples gardens...this week I am starting off with the best garden, that of my mother and father in-law.
Their home faces on to a common in the New Forest and my father in-law spends a lot of time tending to the gardens and vegetable patch. It's one of those places that I could spend hours just wandering around staring at flowers and feeling all tranquil. For Kitty and Ozzy it's a large area for exploration, Grandad places little ornaments around the garden for the children to discover. A stone frog here, a funny face in a tree there, a plastic snake in a hedge arch. Secluded corners to hide in , low branches to climb on, a greenhouse to learn how plants grow ... it's all just perfect for little legs to run around and for imaginations to run wild. Their garden makes me want to be a child again.
When I was a little girl I used to love my Nanny Winstone's garden. Playing outdoors, hiding up behind the raspberry bushes out of sight her garden seemed massive. In hindsight it probably wasn't nearly as big as my child's memories tell me it was. Now I'm the mother and it's my children exploring their grandparents garden, making their own memories. It's a wonderful, wonderful thing.
Do you have any memories of gardens from when you were a child? I'd love to know. If you have any photos to share of your garden feel free to linky them up below, it doesn't have to be a blog post - a Facebook photo link, GooglePlus, Instagram, whatever floats your boat - share some sunshine x