Thursday, 5 September 2013

How does you girl and garden grow?

Yesterday my daughter, Roh, started school.

She's been very much my garden helper these past months and now Thursdays in the garden without her simply won't be the same.

This week's post is a little tribute to my gorgeous girl who's worked so hard with me this past year.

Starting to prepare the raised veg beds back in winter.
And digging up the buttercups...

Getting the first seed trays ready with her brother, and planting some seeds with Daddy.


Potting on, and watering her seedlings.

She planted a bean in a yoghurt pot at nursery. We potted it on, and she watered it every day during the heat wave.  She was very pleased with the results...

Her own small sweetpea garden.

She helped us clear the base for the new greenhouse, and was the first one to pootle in it once it was built!


 Gathering the greenhouse crops.

Helping with the front borders.

From the tiny seedling that she was, I have fed her, kept her warm, protected her as much as possible from the elements, given her space to grow, supported her when she's felt wobbly.

And she, in turn, has grown into a beautiful confident girl; a bright, tall Poppy.

Now it's time for you to branch out just a little, Roh.

And we will be there, watching you blossom.


Linking up with Mammasaurus' wonderful How does your garden grow?
Mammasaurus - How Does Your Garden Grow?

Also linking up to Vic Welton's #PoCoLo pop over to see lots of other lovely posts.

31 comments:

  1. That brought a tear to my eye! Such a lovely way to write about your daughter and reflect on her growing up.
    She looks gorgeous in her school uniform! Good luck to her, I'm sure she will continue to flourish. x

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    1. Thank you Sarah. She is so beautiful. Hard leaving her in tears this morning, but I'm sure once she's used to it she will flourish as you say xx

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  2. Beautiful girl, and already such a talented gardener! I am sure she will blossom year on year with more and more amazing flowers.

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    1. Oh yes - I think she may know more about gardening now than me! She's the brightest flower I ever did see x

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  3. Made me emotional too! Beautiful post, beautiful, clever girl.

    Love the first pic of the two kids and Roh sitting on the wee scooter. That's the stuff of very special unique family memory, I think.

    Adore the new greenhouse too btw - totally cool!

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    1. Thank you so much!

      She didn't want to get a damp bottom from the decking hence perching on the scooter! We're really pleased with the greenhouse - or greenshed as Roh calls it. xx

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  4. Aw that brought a tear to my eye.

    xx

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    1. Mine too! Thank you for popping by and for your lovely comment on twitter xx

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  5. Massive lump in the throat!!! What a wonderful post, so many photos of Roh helping and the one of her in her uniform is just adorable. She'll do brilliantly. It's fantastic she's done so much in the garden to help too, looks like she's loved it :)

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    1. Thanks Charly. She loves getting stuck into gardening - getting muddy hands and picking up worms. It's been so very quiet today without her :( x

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  6. I am welling up here! I dropped Ozzy off for his first day today and already feel a bit emo to put it mildly. Such lovely photos and so lovely that she's helped you so much in the garden thus far, I'm sure you'll still squeeze in some garden time at weekends but can imagine you feel a bit lost in the garden right now. Much much love to you and best wishes to Roh, looking all smart and ready to begin adventures at school! x

    Thanks for joining in and sharing again x

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    1. Aw, it's a tough tough time for mummies isn't it? Do hope you are OK after this morning. x

      Yes we will continue with working together on the weekends, but thank you for recognising that it'll be different somehow.

      Thank you for hosting this lovely linky, it has been a huge source of support today xx

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  7. Beautiful images. Gorgeous girl. Very like her Mum whatever you say! Brought back a huge memory of my first childhood garden and me pushing Sooty around in one of those trucks for bricks and Mum telling me the names of plants and flowers. Thank you.

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    1. Oh Kate, what a lovely memory to have invoked. I'm so glad.

      Your kind words mean a lot. It's been a very hard time. xx

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  8. So sweet! What a great helper! I LOVE that face when she is watering with the heavy watering can. Precious!

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  9. Oh my, how wonderful. I'm welling up. Lovely, really lovely. It's one of the things I'm hoping to do with my son this year as he's old enough to really get involved this time round. I hope we have as much fun as you guys have.

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  10. Such a very sweet post and so lovely to see her enjoying the gardening and taking her responsibilities seriously ;-). That last photo of her in her school uniform is just gorgeous. xx

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  11. What a sweet girl.

    Hugs to you for missing her.

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  12. Oh, I just love that last photo, beautiful :) How grown up. What a lovely way to look at the last year and the growth of your daughter, in mind and body. She will have such a wonderful time, and you will love hearing her stories xx

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  13. How she has grown. What a lovely record of the year. I'm sure her love of gardening will continue.

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  14. Oh goodness, that's lovely. I might have to go and do a little happy cry.

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  15. This is a great idea for a post. It's wonderful that you'll have the shared memories of gardening together, and the fruits (and flowers) of your labour to remind you in future years!

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  16. that is so sweet! what a hard working beautiful young lady she is!! maybe you can have weekends in the garden now that she is at school?

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  17. wow what a fantastic garden!! i think she has done a fab job

    p.s loving the greenhouse :-)

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  18. Such a gorgeous post, with fabulous photos. I'm not surprised you'll miss her as she looks a huge help out there. I hope she's enjoying her new school and that you're OK x

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  19. Put them in a uniform and they suddenly seem so grown up - how does that happen? :( Gorgeous girl and what a wonderful little helper. Can she still help at weekends? She looks like she's loving it :)

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  20. Oh I just love this, the pictures are fabulous, what a beautiful little garden helper she is. I love the picture of her with the big green watering can, you can just see the determination on her face to hold it, even though it's heavy. Her uniform picture is just so gorgeous too xx

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  21. Same here, bleary eyed with the tears, what an absolutely beautiful post on so many levels. #PoCoLo

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  22. Such a sweet post. She looks so grown up in her school uniform.

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  23. What a lovely post and ode to your daughter's growth (and in turn, your ability to grow such a wonderful specimen!!). Looks like she's loved being part of your garden and has done a great job of helping out. I love your new greenhouse - so very smart!
    I am sure that she will flourish and continue to grow as she becomes accustomed to her new surroundings. Good luck to both of you! x

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  24. What a truly lovely post - and so apt for Roh growing along with your garden :) Hope she's enjoying school. Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

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