Last week we enjoyed some family time in the garden. It’s amazing how the promise of baking a sponge cake can motivate my children into wanting to help me. Ozzy was tasked the job of picking out stones from the raised beds and Kitty helped pull up some weeds. The recent hot weather made for hard work, soil was so dry I even managed to break my hand trowel! I’ve been trawling the internet looking for new garden hand tools, like these from Tesco to replace my broken trowel and arm the kids with a set of their own tools in the hope that that encourages them to help me more often.
It’s moments like this, family time in the garden that can make memories that last a lifetime. I have fond garden memories from my own childhood, sneaking up the back garden to pilfer raspberries from the bushes and into the greenhouse for tomatoes. That smell of tomatoes in a greenhouse never leaves you does it? Even when I smell them today in grandads’ greenhouse I am taken right back to being 8 years old and standing in my dad’s greenhouse. Flowers stick in my mind too, sweet peas from our family garden and pink roses form my best friends garden. We used to collect the fallen petals and make them into ‘rose perfume’. That sounds much lovelier than the reality of old water and rose petals squished into bottles!
I asked some friends if they had any garden memories to share with me and I was thrilled to discover that I am not the only one with strong garden memoires from childhood.
Next time you are in the garden, pulling up weeds and wondering if all that hard work is really worth it, think back to your own garden memories and it will spur you on to make more with your children!
If you have any garden memories that you would like to share please leave a comment, I’d love to hear them.