Recently I spotted a request from Live Love Bean for a blogger to plant some of their Magic Message Beans and then to write about it.
I was expecting 4 of our grandchildren for the weekend, and they just love the garden, so I contacted Live Love Bean and told them I would be happy to try if they could have them to me by the weekend. I also warned that I usually sew and couldn't guarantee my gardening skills.
The seeds arrived in plenty of time and the children and I prepared for the planting!
Firstly, the beans:
On one side and the other
The children each got to choose their own bean seed and were excited that each one had a different message.
Isabella - Make a Wish Amelia - I love you
Jessica - Believe and Luke - Merry Christmas
Poppy had prepared 4 pots for us, so the next choices were made (I want that one ... oh I wanted that one ...) and after reassuring them that all pots contained the same soil mix and that the pot we used didn't really matter, it was time to plant!
and then water ....
and then the waiting began
The children went home and left their beans with us with instructions to "make sure you water them", and they waited each day for my posts on Instagram and shared excited, regular phone chats.
The first to emerge was a star! No, it really was a star...
It grew and grew before another emerged .... 'Merry Christmas'
After waiting and waiting I dug up the seeds to check on them and Live Love Bean reassured me that they were OK so I replanted and waited some more!
We believed - and look what happened!!
That only left 'I love you' and when I checked again, I found that a grub had thought the bean meant it and had nibbled and nibbled and split the seed apart - Oh dear! Well 3 out of 4 is really good and if I'm honest, the leaves were already formed when the seed was destroyed.
What a wonderful time we had!! Children love to garden, dig in the dirt and play with water and this activity gave them the opportunity to do all of that and more!
To see how gently they handled their seeds and to hear the excitement when their plants with a message popped up was precious!
So here we are, waiting for our little gardeners to return the week after Christmas. I can't wait to see their faces when they see just how big their plants have grown. I'm hoping they may even have some flowers by then.
I've stopped reporting to the children so that there will be an element of surprise but, OK I will show you. It has been extremely hot for the last two days and it had just finished raining when I took the photos:
Aren't they magic?
These little seeds provided the opportunity for us to share a wonderful, educational, fun experience with our grandchildren - memories have been made and they will form a part of our family history. I guess you could say they worked their Magic!
What a great activity for over the holidays - I can highly recommend it!
Thank you Live Love Bean for helping me discover my 'green thumbs' and for bringing a little Magic to our garden.
I should add that I received only the bean seeds for free and the report is an honest account of our 'trial'.
Until next time