A Country Kid’s Post: Planting for Spring

I know it’s barely Winter and here I am talking about Spring.  But you see, it’s all about focusing on small joys, and doing things that makes me/our little family happy, and planting for Spring makes us happy bunnies!

Last Sunday was a quiet day of doing chores, homework and planting for us here at Small Hill Cottage.  My husband bought some bulbs for planting and he and little T had fun doing it in the garden.  They planted crocuses, irises, daffodils and trilliums.

I reminded him though that when our garden is in full bloom, it is dotted with loads of daffodils, snow-drops and other lovely spring flowers.  “Yes”, he replied.  “But not where I want them to be”.  Off he went, planting them down in the garden, where he wanted them to be.

Silly flowers indeed, not sprouting from where he wants them to grow.


As for little T, my little gardener, she was blessedly content with planting the bulbs in her chosen pot.  There, she said, as she pushed the last bulb in the soil and asked me to help her cover it with compost.

We were all out in the garden, enjoying the fresh air in spite the dull weather.  Well, except for the cat who opted to stay in, sleeping by the fire.  Doc was busy running around and barking at imaginary shadows.  T and the historian with their bulbs, and I, as always, was busy raking the leaves.


Safe in our little bubble of country living.  The world and all its absurdities can all happen without us and we’re fine with that.

What about you?

Have you done any spring planting too?


  1. The best bit about Winter has to be planning and preparing for Spring doesn’t it? Just wait until those little shoots start popping up!

  2. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    Aw, it sounds like such a lovely day of tranquility! I really need to do some leaf raking this weekend – it no longer looks like we even have a garden path!
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    • Same here, though when it’s dry, I do bundle up and potter around in the garden, even if it’s just taking photos 😉

    • Same here actually. It’s my husband who really has the green finger in our family, my daughter and I are just his “assistants” 😉

  3. Same here. It’s my husband who is more green fingered than I am. I have a tendency to over-water plants 😉

  4. Zena's Suitcase

    It sounds like a perfect weekend, and a really good way of distracting yourselves from what’s going on in the world. I have plants in my garden that don’t grow where I want them so I can completely empathise with your husband
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  5. Oh, I so feel you on this one – I too love living in a countryside bubble! But the leaf raking? oh my goodness it never ends, does it?!!
    Well done for getting your bulbs in. I am yet to replenish mine, so I’d better get on it or it’ll be spring before we know it.
    lovely post.
    Anna x

  6. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    Spring is my favourite season here on the farm, I love the spring bulbs here and baby animals. I’m all for planting now for spring. Like you we have lots of daffodils and snowdrops here, I’ve not manged to plant more but we are organising animals for spring births, kind of the same forward thinking! I love how Little T gets stuck in with helping and it becomes a family activity. I look forward to seeing your garden bloom in spring.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
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    • I love the wild spring flowers, as well as the summer ones of course. It’s lovely to find them growing wildly in your garden, isn’t it? 🙂

  7. Thinking about next Spring’s planting is just about the only thing that gets me through the Winter! Having an allotment has made me appreciate the changing seasons more & forward planning. If we want homegrown sprouts on Christmas day, we need to be thinking about it in Spring. Hope your little girl continues to fall in love with gardening, children need to stick their hands in the soil now & again #countrykids

    • Before moving to our current house, we lived in a small village and applied for an allotment almost a decade ago. We never got it! I told my husband I guess nobody died within the ten years we applied, otherwise, I’m sure we would’ve gotten one 😉 We have all the space we want in our new house including space for a vegetable garden. Problem is, my husband doesn’t have the time anymore. Ah well…. We’ll get there eventually.

    • I haven’t raked in a while, nor really looked outside. I have a feeling mine is covered in leaves and mud 🙁

    • Same here. We haven’t had the chance to plant a vegetable patch either 🙁 Hopefully soon!

  8. Looks like a lovely afternoon you’ve had! No green fingers here though 🙁 I love watching spring, and once and a while I attempt gardening, but I am no good maintaining the work!

  9. Nice work you’ve been putting, and although I’m late to the party, Spring is indeed coming soon 🙂
    Please post an update.

    Glad to have found your site – Oliver

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