It can be difficult for young children to grasp the concept of the passage of time. Parents sometimes measure it in a "number of sleeps" until the arrival of a special occasion. Growing birthday flower pots with your child can be natures way to visually show that his or her special day is getting closer and closer. When your child spies the first shoots coming through they can be assured that it won't be long until their special day is here! Be sure to place your pots somewhere you pass daily to make sure they can keep a check on their plants progress, we find the front doorstep is a good spot!
Here are some ideas of easy flowers for children to plant to get you started:
- January- Crocuses usually flower in January, they signify the end of winter and celebrate the approach of spring. The bulbs need to be planted in the Autumn in full sun to partial shade.
- February- Snowdrops are the classic flower of this month. There are over 500 varieties, so choose carefully, to ensure they flower in the first year of planting. They prefer the shade.
- April- Daffodils are the classic spring time flower and are very easy to grow. They need to be planted in the Autumn, like full sun to partial shade and should be placed in well drained pots, otherwise the bulbs will rot.
- May- Tulips are very easy bulbs to grow. They need to be planted in the Autumn. They grow best in full sun but we have a lot under our apple tree at the end of our garden and they do well despite being in full shade!
- August- Sunflower are such lovely, cheerful plants to grow with children! They can be planted in Spring and started on a sunny windowsill in your home before being taken outside and left in a sunny position.