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Spring bulbs

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:

To 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.

24 Comments

  • dragonsflypoppy
    October 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    What a lovely idea! I am loving your time of gifts; not only is it lovely to see the kinder side of human nature, it gives me ideas for how I might give too. Thank you x PS I too take my kids to the garden centre as a means of distraction!

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    • Nell Heshram
      October 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you, and yes, garden centres are good for entertaining AND getting household chores done. So long as they don’t get too close to those pecking chickens….

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  • Mammasaurus
    October 27, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I love the concept of Our Time Of Gifts, so thoughtful – and it’s obviously very good karma so I look forward to seeing those pots come Spring!
    Lovely getting everyone involved – so much more fun that way – thanks for joining in Nell x

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    • Nell Heshram
      October 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      It’s a pleasure. I’ve been meaning to join in with How Does Your Garden Grow for yonks, but our garden’s been so neglected I couldn’t bring myself to write about it! Hopefully that’s changing, though.

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  • Elaine Livingstone
    October 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I like the idea of this concept as well, but would never know what to give. I so want a chicken house like that if you want to give me a pressie, but dont need it till spring.

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    • Nell Heshram
      October 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Ha ha well I’ll start saving up my pennies now then – they cost about £800!

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  • MummyNeverSleeps
    October 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Oh I love this, good on ya missus. Since starting blogging I’ve found giving almost goes hand in hand, sending the odd postcard or little gift etc. I will be watching with mucho interest! 🙂

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    • Nell Heshram
      November 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      thanks – I’ve spotted so much generosity among the blogging community, which is one thing that prompted me to start Our Time of Gifts….

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  • Vaidehi @vaichin
    October 28, 2013 at 7:46 am

    That is such a beautiful thought – giving selflessly. Through the year and not just at Christmas. We have planted tulips in our garden too. Can’t wait for spring.
    Got here via HDYGG

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    • Nell Heshram
      November 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      It’s such a great thing to do at the end of the year – gives you something to look forward to through the long winter months!

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  • Kerry Lovebump
    October 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Oh what a sweet idea!! What goes around, comes around 🙂 x

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    • Nell Heshram
      November 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks!

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  • Coombe Mill
    October 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    What a fab idea and it’s sounds like you are doing brilliantly. I love the photo of the Austin helping out in the garden and the last one of the children all together, fingers crossed they all flourish. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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    • Nell Heshram
      November 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      It’s a pleasure!

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  • Charly Dove
    October 28, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I just love your time of gifts, such inspired ideas and always an utter joy to read. Fabulous photos too (sorry for being late commenting!!)

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    • Nell Heshram
      November 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      No worries – so many other wonderful blogs to get around!

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  • Lil Muse Lily
    October 31, 2013 at 9:05 am

    so sweet. i think they will make wonderful gifts. and how great that it is from everyone!

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    • Nell Heshram
      November 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Yes, I’m looking forward to being able to give them out.

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  • 76 sunflowers
    October 31, 2013 at 9:17 am

    What a gorgeous and generous idea. Offering your home for a stay is definitely a gift in my book too so yes! Love the enthusiasm of Austin and I must make an effort with bulbs this year as we have plenty of pots to fill 🙂

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  • Gemma Garner
    October 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Love the idea of plants as Spring time gifts, the pots will look lovely when they all start to flower next year! I think your baskets will look amazing when full of daffodils and hyacinths!

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  • Sara Murray
    October 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    What a lovely idea. And all your bulbs will make wonderful gifts 🙂

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  • Charly Dove
    October 31, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Popping back over from How Does Your Garden Grow? Just love this idea, fabulous gifts in wonderful baskets 🙂

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  • Michelle Ashmore
    November 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    That’s a lovely idea for springtime gifts 🙂

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