Win and I have been working on his mini garden when we’ve had snippets of time. I took Win to the garden centre one afternoon so that he could choose some plants. He chose a marigold, an alyssum, sunflowers, tomatoes and a tiny conifer tree. I tried to persuade him to choose a slightly bigger conifer tree, but he would not be moved in the slightest! He was so sure about all of his choices.
We’ve added a slide, a tent, a path, a tree with bunting, a bench, a pond and a swing. I’m not sure if the ‘pond’ will attract any sort of wildlife, but hopefully the birds will enjoy it if nothing else. Win’s mini garden is already making the garden feel much more cheery and we enjoyed deciding where to place everything.
To make the slide, the bench, the swing and the house I used small twigs, wire and a glue gun. I’m thinking of adding some wood chippings and Win is eagerly awaiting the arrival of any tomatoes so he can eat them – I’m really hoping that I don’t kill the them! The alyssum is already looking pretty miserable in the heat.
Win specified that he wanted ‘Star Wars’ men with ribbon and helmets – I haven’t worked out how to make that dream come true.
If you don’t have a small section in your garden to spare, a large ceramic pot or trug would be just as perfect.