The Theme Game – Week 10

I so enjoyed everyone’s ‘yellow’ posts last week. So much diversity! We had poetry, photos, real-life stories, reflective pieces – it was just brilliant, thank you, and thanks for continuing to join in. This month, we have the cards and stationery bundle from my very own shop up for grabs as a prize, as well as the weekly ‘honour’ of winning! And this week, that accolade goes to Becoming A SAHM – well done! And our two runners-up were And Then The Fun Began and All About A Mummy – well done, both.

Onto this week, and our theme is ‘gardens‘.

I struggle to know where to start with this one, as the word has my mind bursting with so many thoughts, images and feelings. It’s a word that would have done very little for me, even this time last year, yet now it stirs me. This time last year, it would have simply meant a place for the children to play outside, on warm days only, and maybe a chance for me to get a tan?! It would have also immediately made me think of my mum. She’s very green-fingered, and adores gardening. There seems to be little she doesn’t know about it, and if she could spend every hour out in hers, at a garden centre, visiting gardens or reading about them, she would! It was a hobby that she had never passed on to me…until now…

Last Summer, Project Garden commenced here, along with this blog, and with them both, a whole new world opened up. I am now interested in gardens! I love reading the How Does Your Garden Grow? linky, I adore mooching about garden centres and plant sales, I get excited at the prospect of meandering through pretty gardens and wonderful walled gardens on our days out to National Trust properties and such-like, and I am very excited about our own garden redesign. Whenever possible, the kids and I spend time out there, playing, planting or pottering about, even in the Winter…! I have developed loves of many flowers that are new to me, and my long-standing fondness for roses has grown ten-fold (I’ve bought a fair few, and have vouchers for David Austin roses that I’m dying to spend – this week, methinks!). In fact, it only seems appropriate to leave you with some gorgeous roses, doesn’t it?

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What about you? What do you think of when we say ‘gardens’? Look forward to reading…

The Reading Residence



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12 thoughts on “The Theme Game – Week 10”

  1. Thanks for making me Runner Up for last week! I really enjoyed writing that Yellow post! I think I have a bit of a disconnect between wanting to have an amazing garden but not wanting to actually be the one who designs or maintains it! Bring back Garden Force!!
    Sam recently posted…The story of our gardenโ€ฆMy Profile

    1. You’re very welcome! I know what you mean. My green-fingered mum does much of the work – I choose that I like and then get told what to do!

  2. A few years ago our garden was full of rubble. Then our little bear started to walk and we bit the bullet, had it turfed and made safe… We’ve got a nice big garden and we wanted our little bear to enjoy it! As for those roses Jocelyn – beautiful. There is something so striking and pure about a bunch of roses, particularly if seen in a garden ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. Iona@redpeffer

    I do love roses-especially the perfumed ones. So many lovely ones to choose from too. How about a rose bed?! My step dad has a rose bed actually and it’s wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. I like them to be scattered all over the place! I do love choosing by scent as well as looks – love the David Austin garden centre up in Albrighton ๐Ÿ™‚

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