Tigerlilly Quinn: Our Weekend in Pictures - Easy Grow

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Our Weekend in Pictures - Easy Grow


On Saturday the sun shone on this little city of ours and we spent as much time outdoors as we could. I had been to the big smoke the day before and only returned late that night so was very grateful for a day filled with simple things, close to home.

This time last year Wilf's granny bought these planters and helped him plant his first flowers. We dug them out again this weekend to do a little gardening. Donning our wellies and getting our hands a little mucky was a lot of fun. Wilf got a bit carried away with digging the holes and wanted to dig up the plants and start again once we were done. We settled on him digging some holes in the corner of the garden after we had finished, in an attempt to protect the flowers we had just planted!

We were asked to take part in the Easy Grow project in association with B&Q. I initially thought this was to remind parents how fun it is to garden with your children (it is!) but after reading a little more I was really interested in the initiative behind it.

This is an image heavy post so click more below to read more about the project after the jump!



Wilf is wearing a Lion BibT ℅ of BibT. Click here to win one!

Bedding plants usually come packaged in polystyrene and between March and May last year 22,500 cubic metres of it was used and ended up in landfill. B&Q are now using 100% recyclable plastic (reused from plastic bottles) meaning that 15million trays will not be filling up landfill. They are also now using 95% peat free compost. You can read more about their green policies here including the 750 new jobs they have created for Sri Lankan workers.

You can also watch this video with the lovely Emilia Fox if you fancy it :)

I must admit I have never really thought of the waste involved when buying bedding plants so it's fantastic news to hear about this initiative. It's also reminded me how lovely it is to do simple outdoor activities with my kiddo, I'm so excited that Wilf is of an age to be interested in gardening. We even found a wriggly worm which was very exciting!

This post is in association with B&Q Easy Grow 

40 comments:

Eleanor (TheBristolParent) said...

That's a great initiative - funny how easy it is to highlight something so massive using something so green!

laura redburn said...

this is so lovely! i used to love helping my nan and grandad plant and compost in their garden.

Helen said...

Such amazing photos in this post. Looks like you had a great time. x

Fiona Peacock said...

God, that's crazy about the amount ending up in landfill. Such a depressing figure. My mum used to take me to garden centres to stick anti-peat stickers on compost bags when I was a kid! We make our own compost usually, but have had to put it on hold for the past few months because we're (supposedly) moving house soon and will need to take the bin with us! x

mummydaddyme said...

Love the photos with the light and sun falling on you! They are gorgeous and colourful. x

Vikki Holness said...

Such beautiful and colourful photos, looks like you had lots of fun! xxx

Kirsty Hijacked By Twins said...

Oh I love the top and bottom pictures! They are lovely! Looks like you had lots of garden fun, we love being out whenever we can x

Globalmouse said...

Great pictures...again!! I love the burnt orange of the flowers, such a lovely rich colour. We love getting out in the garden and I'm so pleased this weather means we can a bit more. Bring on the flowers!!

Twinsplustwo said...

Excellent lighting - the first photo is particularly impressive :) I love gardening with the children.

NewMumOnline said...

I am glad they are making responsible changes like that. I was a DIY Manager in Homebase several decades ago, and it is crazy how much bedding is sold. Goes crazy from just before Easter - round about now funny enough. GREAT photos so very vibrant xx

Michelle Ordever said...

I never thought about the waste from bedding plants either - so glad to hear that changes are being made. Really to kick our garden into touch soon!

fritha strickland said...

and what a wonderful one you are! x

fritha strickland said...

Thanks Nichola! It can be so hard for so many can't it! I'm so thankful for what I have x

fritha strickland said...

Maxine! Congratulations! What a beautiful name and hope you had a wonderful first mothers day! x

fritha strickland said...

haha yes! x

fritha strickland said...

Thanks so much Jen! x

fritha strickland said...

so true! x

fritha strickland said...

thanks so much lovely! x

fritha strickland said...

the online community can be so great for things like this can't they! x

fritha strickland said...

yes! such a privilege isn't it! So glad you had a great day! x

SlummySingleMummy said...

What a great post Fritha - you and Wilf have to be one of the most adorable mother/son combos I know :-)

SlummySingleMummy said...

Are these more pics with the new camera? The colours are so bright - your wellies look amazing!!

Clare Mansell said...

We have been examining wiggly worms this very afternoon! On a totally different note my yellow wellies of many years standing (at least 10) expired this last winter and I am in mourning for them again after seeing yours!

You Baby Me Mummy said...

Oh hun, I wish I could dress like you, so pretty. I love these pictures and can't wait to get in the garden with Baby this year xx

Rachel Cooper said...

What a great and responsible initiative! Love the wellies :)

Polly Davies said...

great idea! lovely photos as always :)

Nell@PigeonPairandMe said...

Gardening's always 100% more fun when the little ones are involved! Our Austin always proudly shows off our flowers to any visitors - he loved being involved in growing them.

Becky said...

What a lovely, reflective post. Whilst i've been a mum for over 3 years now, it still hits me at the weirdest times that, I am indeed, someone's (now two people's!) mum, and all the responsibility that goes with it. I love it, but it can really freak me out sometimes! Have had a whole new respect for my own Mum since becoming a parent. Glad you had a lovely day. I couldn't wait to become a mum myself in my mid twenties.

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

Wow at the colours! I planted some flowers with Talitha a few weeks ago but they're dead already! :-S

abigail said...

That's really interesting about the waste and great that they are actual conscious and doing something about it! And what a sweet activity for you all in the glorious sunshine!

Kara said...

Lovely pictures as ever - love the cat framed by the yellow door

Sylvia Fiolunka said...

What a super idea to get little ones involved in gardening ;) Beautiful pictures as ususal!

Agata Pokutycka said...

love the picture of the cat... our do the same... top of the car is a perfect resting spot for them

Emily said...

Hugs to you. x

Life With The Crew said...

Its great that a gardening company is taking the extra steps to be more sustainable. The traditional gardening industry is so wasteful - chemical fertilizers, plastic containers, transportation of non-native plants. Since most people (where I live) buy their plants at a big chain store, it is a huge industry. At the end of every planting season, I hate seeing the pile of plastic containers in my shed. At least now we have a way to recycle them in my community.
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savvywendy said...

Great way to get the children involved/interested in gardening. Lovely to see a company be so conscious about waste . Amazing photos xx

Wild & Grizzly said...

These look great and so good for the environment! So lovely that you guys got to enjoy some time in the garden together. xx

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

My two love gardening but we don't seem to be very green fingered ;-)

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

Love your wellies by the way x

Kara said...

Adore your wells - we did some planting at the weekend too but it was just seeds........they haven't quite got the fact that flowers are not instant lol

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