‘At the bottom of the garden there lives a little gnome’
I love my garden. I’ve always appreciated the beauty of a lovely garden buzzing with wildlife and I hope that I’ve managed to pass on that love of nature to my children. However as a grandparent I’m taking ‘gardening’ to another level by trying to create a little magic…
There’s a little gnome house in the old tree stump:-)
‘Tiddler A’ loves stories about fairies and gnomes. A few strategically placed items seem to light up her imagination and keep her interested in the garden as a whole.
I truly believe that we shouldn’t be precious about our gardens…so what if it’s kitsch?!
I always have watering cans ‘dotted’ about the place and ‘Tiddler A’ regularly fills up from the garden tap before helping me with the watering – she knows how plants grow. ‘Tiddler A’ has planted seeds of most vegetables and nurtured her chosen flowers seedlings with joy but sadly she is the only child in her class that understands the process of gardening. None of the other children had ever sown a seed, watered a flower, dug up a home-grown potato or even made rose petal perfume! Sad, very sad!!
My garden is the perfect and most natural place for the ‘Tiddlers’ to play and learn. Why, oh why, is gardening generally ‘discovered’ later in life?! We have a responsibility to be sharing gardening skills with our grandchildren…if necessary with a little sprinkle of fairy dust!
‘What we sow in their minds today will reap a priceless harvest tomorrow.’