Two years ago, I spent a happy morning planting Spring bulbs, in anticipation of our new baby, due to arrive in the March.
It was pretty much the last bit of concerted gardening I’ve done. Those flowers bloomed magnificently to coincide with the arrival of our Gwen, but since then, post-birth complications and the intensity of looking after two under-three year olds, meant the only decent attention our garden received (apart from when D toiled and toiled to replace the paving slabs with grass) was from Grandparents, or a volunteer found through Streetbank.
So I decided, this week, that I’d prepare the ground for future gifts. I’d plant some bulbs and then, when the blossoms appeared, give them away as presents.
I used the trip to our local garden centre as an excuse to entertain Austin and Gwen.
A recce of our pot supply found a surprisingly large number of containers for growing our presents-to-be.
I even discovered a couple of pre-loved gift baskets, which will be perfect for holding the daffs, hyacinths and tulips when they poke up their jaunty little heads.
Nothing could stop the irrepressible Austin from joining in with the gardening fun.
And so our family of pots grew from this:
Perfectly poised for a few months’ wait, when the flowers will emerge and we can dig them up (or keep them in pots) for Springtime gifts.
When I started Our Time of Gifts, Kate from Crafts on Sea said she’d be interested to hear whether giving a gift each week came naturally, or if I had to try hard to find something to give away.
So far, it’s been fairly easy; life has usually thrown something in my path, which felt like the right thing to donate, share, or pass on to another.
This week, I found it difficult to think of an obvious gift. But then, I realised that we’d had Austin and Gwen’s cousins down to stay from Scotland, with their Mum and Dad (D’s brother). They bought us dinner and wine (plus a fair number of provisions); we gave them a place to stay for a few nights, some meals and the odd shower or two. Does this all count as gift-giving? Possibly not, if I were to keep strictly within the rules. But it’s what’s been occupying me this week, so it’ll have to do.