I’m looking for more Project Garden inspiration everywhere! We’ve been to 3 local garden centres in the last week alone, and I’ve been making notes of anything that I’m loving for our garden. The children are enjoying it, as 2 out of the 3 we’ve been to have had animals and fish to look at, and a play area. My favourite of the 3 has been Planters Garden Centre, in Tamworth, Staffordshire. If you’re local to this one, I’d definitely recommend a visit. Firstly, because the children’s play area is brilliant – a little fort with a slide, a sandpit, and a Sky Trail for older children. Secondly, because the animals and aquatic centre are great for a nosey round. I did a little more chicken research, and Little Man was mesmerised by the rabbits hopping about. Now, in the interests of full disclosure, I am a little biased where the aquatics are concerned because my brother works for Ripples Waterlife, though not this particular branch, and that isn’t why I’m twittering on about it! I’m twittering on because the third, and main reason that I’d rate it above the others that we’ve been to, are the plants themselves. They were fully stocked, blooming, so healthy and well-tended, and the displays were beautiful, eye-catching and informative. There were lots of fact-sheets dotted about, really helpful for novice gardeners like myself, and plants grouped into pretty displays such as a butterfly-attracting garden, alpine gardens, and so forth. I’ll let the plants speak for themselves..
And so many gorgeous dahlias
It was really lovely, wandering through the aisles, being assailed by so many different scents, and adding to my Project Garden wishlist! From this particular visit, I now know that I’d like Agapanthus Midnight Star…
..a herb garden like this…
..and we can have a pond in our wildlife garden – hooray! I’d wanted one, as I loved ours when we were younger, watching the frog spawn hatch and tadpoles take shape, the floating water boatmen and sticklebacks swimming about. I was just nervous of committing to a pond with the children playing out there, and then there’s the hassle of digging one out, and then if need be, filling one in. But then I spotted the Velda Trendy Pond, and problem solved.
It’s perfect! They come in different colours, but I like the green, and I’ll nestle it in amongst the plants. I think the children will love it, and it adds an extra aspect to the wildlife garden, and more opportunities for them to enjoy and learn from it.
Who else has a pond? Be great to hear how it gets filled up with wildlife.