We had a very successful flowering arranging class here at Rockbarton Garden Centre last Thursday evening.. There was a wide selection of flowers to choose from on the night, including Pink & Cream Roses, Pink Gerbera, Chrysanthemums and Gypsophilia, or as it's more commonly known babys'-breath (presumably the child wan't suffering reflux at the time).
We used Pittosporum 'Silver Queen' for our foliage, it's an evergreen plant and great for use in flower arrangements throughout the year. We each had the same flowers to choose from, although we did vary slightly on our pot choices, some went for a basket, others a pink pot or a black ceramic pot. Even though our flower choices were similar, the arrangements are all unique and individual.
It was a really relaxing evening, sitting down chatting while making our arrangments. I really enjoyed the class and hope that those attended did too.
Once they are prised away from the infernal television screen, children absolutely love to get out in the garden and get their hands dirty. So here are a few tips to help you get started with your own children and encourage them to get out in the garden.
It's important to plant things that they find interesting and that grow quickly(children are not known for their patience). Vegetables are always a good place to start. They regularly see them on their plate so they are already familar with the end product, Things like carrots, peas, parsnips, turnips are all a great starting points.
Potatoes do take longer to grow, but as the plants develop the kids see the shoots and leaves and they start to get excited about whats happening under the ground. It's good for kids to see what's on their plate and where it comes from. The Food Dudes program currently running in the schools has really helped my own children to think again when it comes to processed foods. Encouraging your kids to get out in the garden really helps to reinforce this good work and if your not already an avid gardener let me tell you that there's nothing quite as delicious and satisfying as home grown potatoes and carrots.
Another great starter plant is lettuce, particularly the cut and come lettuce, It grows really fast and kids get to see results quite quickly and again, it's delicious and with a few plants you'll have fresh, homegrown lettuce for months.
So what are you waiting for.... get out there and grow your own !!!
We have a wide selection of vegetable plants in stock for sale, so they're already started for you. All you have to do is plant them in the ground and in a few weeks you'll have your own homegrown veg. There's also the added bonus of getting your hands and clothes dirty (it's a bonus for the children anyway!)
A few weeks ago, I decided to tackle our whitethorn hedge. When we were originally planting the hedge, we knew that there would always be cattle going down the passage behind it and for this reason we used whitethorn bareroot plants.
The hedge had gotten quite overgown with grass and weeds and I knew this would affect how my hedge would grow this spring/summer. It was great to get outside into the fresh air and get the job done. It has made such a difference to our lawn and hedge, now I can see that I have a hedge and not just overgrown grass! Once I had all the weeds pulled, there were a couple of gaps in the hedge, so I just planted a couple of the bare root whitethorn whips.
I covered the base of the hedge with bark mulch.. The bark will help to suppress the weeds this coming summer and hopefully I'll have less weeding to do - which to me equals success. I'd much rather be planting than weeding if out in the garden!
I had a bit of help too, the kids loved to get out into the fresh air and 'help', although they find Bryan's shovel and wheelbarrow more interesting than the actual weeding.
Lynda is married to Bryan and they have 5 children, Together they have created a garden centre with the perfect plants, shrubs, trees and flowers to help you create the ornamental garden of your dreams !