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Honestly?! There was a strip in my ex boyfriends garden and I was always home 2 hours before him so I would make an iced coffee and plant things. Sweet peas went well. There were roses and I would weed too. It wasn’t much but it was so lovely! We had an incredibly magical garden growing up - wooden Wendy house, two huge ponds with bridges over, lots of colour and grasses - it was really special! In my mind I want that for the kids but we struggle with being on a terrace - it’s so busy and fun beyond the garden gate!! 😆✨🌺✨

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Oh your childhood garden sounds wonderful Claire. Did you do much gardening when you were a child?

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No just made a lot of petal perfume 😆

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Oh petal perfume!! I used to do that too. It smelt absolutely vile 🤣🤣

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As newlweds there was an empty garden bed in the backyard. I plonked a few herb plants in. They lived AND we could cook with them. 🤯 Every year I have planted more.

Growing up my dad was the gardener I didn't really connect with it. I don't think the plants he grew (mostly succulents which I think you call house leeks?) inspired me. During winter we were always having to bring them in and out of the house. Looking back I can see how much he must have enjoyed that while his health let him do it. He was an amputee so he had a "Scoot and Do" stool with wheels to scoot around the garden.

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He must have really loved being in the garden. Do you feel a deeper connection to is now as you get older? I didn’t connect when I was younger but imagine life without my garden now.

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I do! I had to find the plants that inspired me. It started with herbs and now we have flower beds and wildflowers and all sorts. It's very restorative to be out there. 🌾

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Ah there’s something about wildflowers isn’t there?

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Mar 25, 2023Liked by Claire Gardner

What a great topic! My grandmother had a garden where she grew amazing green beans and yellow crookneck squash. As a child, I remember sleeping over at her house for a few days at a time. This is what we'd eat for dinner in the summer. Fast forward 40 years in 2020 and I became extra interested in feeding my family good things. From there, things spiraled out of control and flowers entered my life. Now I'm in love with soil. I'm starting to learn how much I don't know but that's actually a beautiful place to be :)

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Oh I loved getting a glimpse into your days in the garden with your grandmother. I know what you mean about realising how much you don’t know, I feel the same but as I get older I really want to learn. A much different feeling to when I was at school struggling with biology 🤣

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