Our residents at Summerdyne love to garden and in lockdown threw themselves into various garden projects. Everything from feeding caterpillars and releasing butterflies, to growing veggies in our new allotment.
They have missed the interaction with little ones through lockdown, so it has been wonderful to start a new outside project with Rachel Robinson Childcare Group.
Project Bug Hotel for the garden
We celebrated World Wildlife Day in March with the arrival of our very own Summerdyne Bug Hotel. After much admiration, we sited it at the front of the home, ready for some visits from children.
It was too cold for us to go out rummaging in the garden so we enlisted the help of Rachel Robinson and her child minding group to fill the Hotel for us. After all, as the saying goes “Team Work makes The Dreamwork”.
The kiddies has a fabulous visit to Bodenham Arboretum and then stopped by to put their bug friendly finds into our Hotel. Lots of twigs, leaf litter and pine cones. It was lovely for our residents to see the children (from a distance) and hear their chatter and laughter.
A few days later, they bought us a big jar of frogspawn. Fascinating, over a few days, to watch the tadpoles start to emerge. This sparked such memories of childhood for our residents. The frogspawn was returned to the same pond within 3 days, so the tadpoles could develop into frogs in their natural environment.
As a thank you, our residents put together a big jar of treats for the children for Easter.
Bringing the garden indoors
Gardening Club has resumed for 2021 both indoors and outdoors.
The lovely colours of pansies and primulas were a very cheerful sight. All the residents soon discovered their green fingers and created some fantastic potted displays that we were able to put outside to enhance our garden.
Thank you to everyone who has donated gardening items. We built the greenhouse together, which nicely homes the vegetable seedlings. Everything from carrots, to courgettes, chillies and tomatoes.
With the recent warm weather, we have enjoyed time outside in the garden planting sunflower seeds, potting up and planting herbs in the allotment plot. We also made some bird feeders with seeds and peanut butter.
Flower arranging group
We were donated so many beautiful flowers and our florists made some beautiful creations. They really brighten up our home. Thank you!