Monday, 15 June 2009

Top 10 Childrens Garden Plants

Following on from the last post here are our top ten plants for a child’s garden.

1. Lamb’s Ears - This perennial with its fuzzy leaves is a favorite in any child’s garden. Children love to feel the soft silvery leaves.

2. Buddleia - Butterfly bushes make wonderful small trees in a child’s garden and most children are fascinated by the winged creatures covering the plants.

3. Sunflowers - These cheery, yellow annuals are fun and easy to grow.

4. Snapdragons - They can pick the flowers and make them talk.

5. Mint - Children enjoy the smell of different mints and rub the leaves between their fingers to release the scent.

6. Thyme - Use this plant between stepping stones. It is tough enough to handle the occasional mis-step.

7. Curry Plant - The warm spicy aroma smells just like curry.

8. Carrots - Children like the fluffy tops and enjoy the surprise of finding veggies growing underground.

9. Lavender - The foliage of these plants is a lovely gray green, but the best part for kids is picking the flowering wands.

10. Grass - Its smell great and cushions them when they fall over!

Have a great time in the garden and don't forget to take a look at our 'Mr McGegors Grow Your Own Gardening Kits'. These are a great way to introduce your little ones to the joys of gardening!

Friday, 12 June 2009

Gardening Ideas For Children

The weather looks like it might be picking up at last. This weekend I'm planning to get out into the garden with my son as he has a nature project to work on for school which involves us looking for bugs!

Children love being outdoors so here are a few ideas:

  • Collect flowers, berries, leaves and insects

  • Plant seeds (inside or outside)

  • Create vegetable, fruit and leaf prints

  • Make seed mosaics

  • Simple supervised tasks such as deadheading or watering plants

  • Start a wormery

  • Watch a butterfly or tadpole develop

  • Place carrot tops in water & watch them sprout roots and leaves

  • Press and dry flowers

  • Arrange fresh flowers

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

What is Country Style?

What springs to mind when you think of country style? Aga's and muddy boots? Creamware and chintz?

I guess there is no definitive answer as people have different ideas about living in the country. To some it may be the pretty country cottage with climbing roses around the door, for others a rustic barn conversion - both stereotypical of country living but both completely different in style.

The country style of home decorating remains popular because the suggestion of rural life can seem to offer simplicity and a refuge from urban pressures. Country-style decorating can draw its inspiration from French, English, Swedish, American, and other cultural influences. However, pieces from different periods and traditions can be blended in one home as long as comfort is the principle ingredient. No country-style room should be too studied, for it is meant to be lived in.

To me the term Country style means a comfortable, lived-in look of a farmhouse or country cottage. The style inspires guests feel to comfortable in a country style living room or drop in for a cup of tea and homemade cake in a country style kitchen. This design style is casually elegant with a compliment of sturdy, practical furniture and warm rustic accessories.

Homes & Dreams features a collection of timeless decorative accessories for the country home & garden. From wonderful wall art to gardening gifts, our diverse range of home accessories are selected to reflect the enduring elegance of English country style with a hint of vintage charm.