Alice, Celebrations And Holidays, Outdoor Living

Bank holidays offer a great respite from the demands of work and school, and the long weekend allows the opportunity to visit family or take a trip somewhere. But if you’re stuck at home this year never fear, there are plenty of fun games you can play in the comfort of your own back garden. Here are some garden games for the bank holiday that you can play to make the most of the sunshine.

garden games for the bank holiday

Hide & Seek

Hide and seek is a simple fun game that you can play in the garden on a sunny afternoon without having to purchase any additional equipment. Typically, one person closes their eyes and counts to a specified number, and other players must hide and the other person must then try and find them. There is also a variation called “Kick The Can” where unfound players can kick a can placed in the middle of the garden to free captured players.

Blind Man’s Bluff

Originating from Tudor and Victorian England, Blind Man’s Bluff is a fun variation of “tag”. One player wears a blindfold and must try and tag the other players. If another player is tagged, they then become “it” and must try and tag the others. Make sure to play this game in a clear area free of obstructions and hazards to ensure safety.

Giant Chess

Think chess is a game reserved for rainy days indoors? Think again. Our Giant Garden Chess Set can take the game to a whole new level. Playing chess offers some surprising benefits, including improving problem-solving skills, focus, and memory, and even helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The giant chess pieces add a fun, dynamic element to the game, and you can enjoy the benefits while making the most of the sunny weather.

Rounders

A playground favourite, rounders is a game that provides fun for all the family. This simple game requires a bat, ball, and four bases, and team members take it in turns to hit the ball then aim to run around the four posts and score a “rounder” before the opposing retrieves the ball and throws it back to the bowler. It is a fantastic form of aerobic exercise and interval training, and can also help develop hand-eye coordination. The Muddy Puddle Traditional Wooden Rounders Set has everything you need to play the game in a handy string bag.

Swingball

Swingball is a simple yet fun activity that can provide hours of entertainment on a sunny day. The game consists of a portable pole where a ball attached to a string swings around, and players must bat the ball to keep it swinging in their direction until it reaches their end of the swinging track on the top of the pole. The Mookie All Surface Lite Swingball Set can be used on all surfaces. Just be careful of the swinging ball! 

Frisbee

An old-school classic, a frisbee can provide fun for all the family on summer days- including dogs! A highly versatile activity, you can play a simple throw and catch game, see who can throw the frisbee the furthest, play “piggy in the middle” or a whole host of team games. The Aerobie Pro Flying Ring by Smyth’s Toys is an aerodynamic design that was allegedly used to set the Guiness World Record for the farthest frisbee throw.

Parachute Games

A parachute can provide an afternoon of fun for all the family. People typically stand around the edges, holding onto the handles, but there are a whole host of games you can play, that can include ruffling the parachute, one person sitting in the middle, or creating a bubble of air that allows everyone to sit inside. These games encourage co-operative play while building upper body strength. The Newitts Play Parachute comes in various sizes and rainbow colours.

If you fancy a break from all the activity, check out our post on how to build an outdoor cinema in your garden.

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Alice, Celebrations And Holidays, Easter

With visits to relatives, fun farm days out, and cinema trips out of bounds, those of us with little ones are set for a tough time keeping them entertained this Easter. But never fear, there are plenty of fun and educational activities you can do within the comfort of your own home and back garden. With the right knowledge, you can avoid complaints of “I’m bored!” this holiday, instead using the free time to get back in touch with nature and try out some seriously cool activities. So check out our guide to what to do with the kids at home this Easter.

what to do with the kids at home this easter coronavirus

Easter Egg Hunt

What better way to celebrate Easter than with a classic Easter egg hunt. Hiding Easter eggs around your garden to find is a simple yet fun activity the whole family can enjoy. If you have limited garden space or simply fancy branching out, you can optimise your full living space and extend the hunt to your house too. For a twist on the classic tradition, you could also create a treasure hunt with clues leading to the next hiding place, with a pile of Easter eggs as the final prize.

Planting Flowers & Vegetables

April is a key month in the garden, and there are plenty of flowers and vegetables that can be sown. Make the most of the Easter break by getting the kids to help out with gardening. Growing plants is a highly rewarding activity, and it will give children the opportunity to appreciate where their food comes from. Flowers and vegetables you could grow this month include carrots, peas, broad beans, cauliflower, sweet corn, poppies, wildflowers, sunflowers, tomatoes, and pumpkins. Check out our collection of seeds and our guide to planting vegetables to get started!

Cooking

Cooking a meal or dessert together as a family is a great way of bonding, and equips your children with vital skills they will appreciate once they head off to university. So now the restaurants are closing, take the opportunity to create a delicious feast in the comfort of your own home. If you are not sure where to start, the BBC has a great collection of recipes for families and children. If the weather is sunny, you can also take the culinary activities outside. Our range of chimeneas make a great addition to your garden and function as a standard oven, and our pizza ovens allow you to get creative and create your own pizzas!

Read, Read, Read

Minimise screen time during the pandemic by getting your kids into fiction reading. Our modern society is so obsessed with our phones, iPads, and video games that reading is becoming a lost art. However, reading can improve concentration; teach children about the world around them; and develop their language skills, vocabulary, and imagination, so it is a great hobby to get your kids into. Not to mention it can be huge fun. So make sure to stock up on books during the isolation period and get your children reading again. Here’s the BookTrust’s list of the 100 best books for children to get started.

Easter Crafts

If you’re not sure what to do with the kids at home this Easter, arts and crafts are a fun and educational way to engage children in the comfort of your own home. The possibilities are limitless: you can draw and paint, knit scarves and jumpers, create cards, make leaf rubbings, create a collage, or get stuck into papier-mache. One Little Project has some fantastic Easter craft ideas.

Puppet Show

The theatres may be closing, but you can still make your own entertainment at home. Allow your kids to get creative and create a show all of their own. They can try adapting a popular story into play form, or get creative and start from scratch with their own storyline. There is a great selection of puppets and puppet theatres on Amazon, however you could also use existing toys and dolls, or get creative and craft your own: Crafts by Amanda has a great compilation of ideas. Once they’re all prepared and rehearsed, make an evening of it by dimming the lights and bringing out the popcorn for a performance in front of the family. Who needs the theatre anyway?

Family Magazine

Take a twist on the traditional Christmas round-robin and use your time off to create an Easter family magazine. There are tonnes of things you could include: from interviews with family members; to recipes and craft ideas; to creative writing; to fun puzzles, quizzes, and jokes. You could even get creative and include photography, drawings, and artwork. Make it into a project and assign roles such as editor and photographer. Once it is complete, print it out and send to relatives and family friends to spread joy this Easter.

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Celebrations And Holidays, Mothers' Day, Scott

Mother’s Day is an opportunity to say thank you. And who deserves more thanks than mum? In order to really make mothers day special this year read below to discover some of our best gifting ideas. 

Help your kids celebrate their mum

It’s easy to help your kids celebrate their mother with a day she’ll treasure. Whether its a nice of cup of tea when she wakes up or a full breakfast in bed, mothers day morning is perfect for making a memorable start to mums special day. Don’t be the one who makes a quick stop at the petrol station for flowers, instead, brighten up her morning with some unique plants and flower options. Orchids are a beautiful gift that can last for weeks at a time, whilst houseplants offer a different take on the standard bouquet. Help your kids to make a special card to go alongside it and mum will have a morning she won’t forget.    

mother's day breakfast

Beautiful gifts for the very best of mums

Say thank you with something beautiful this mother’s day. A special gift for the garden is the perfect way to mark mothers day and a chance to enjoy your outdoor space together. Perhaps some lighting can help you continue those summer evenings that you never want to end? Or some bird nest boxes can help you both to enjoy your love of nature. Some blankets and cushions can make time spent relaxing on the garden sofa even cosier and our bare root trees let you give gifts that keep on growing.     

 mother's day gift lighting 

Remembering all the good times

Though not mum is still with us, what better day to think back on good times than mothers day. Your garden can be the perfect spot to reflect and remember and smile with a simple garden bench providing the ideal spot. Maybe add some of mum’s favourite flowers planted nearby? Or mix in the sound of running water to help relax and reminisce. Cultivate a spot you can always return to and you can celebrate the day forever. 

mother's day gift bench

Discover the perfect gift for celebrating your mum this year with our dedicated range, available here. 

Scott at PrimroseScott Roberts is a copywriter currently making content for the Primrose site and blog. When at his desk he’s thinking of new ways to describe a garden bench. Away from his desk he’s either looking at photos of dogs or worrying about the environment. He does nothing else, just those two things.

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The Best Climbing Plants to Grow in Pots

The use of climbing plants within both your garden and home can forge stunning depth, create floral interest, and even conceal unsightly fences and walls. Climbers are additionally commended for their ability to attract and accommodate wildlife, whether they are nesting birds, butterflies, or bees. 

The use of pots in growing climbing plants is often fundamental, particularly if you are seeking to adorn your patio, terrace, or balcony space. Pots will further enable you to retain greater control over the soil pH, drainage, and positioning that your climbing plants will receive. A garden with soil that is rich in fine clay particles will likely experience poor drainage, nevertheless, planting climbers into pots will mitigate these risks and ensure hospitable growing conditions. 

Within this post, we will detail five climbing plants considered most suited to being grown in pots. This post has been structured to reflect differing gardens, and possible themes that you may wish to evoke; covering the cottage garden, the urban garden, the simplistic garden, the creation of interesting arches, and concluding with how climbing plants can be utilised indoors. 

The Cottage Garden

The Best Climbing Plants to Grow in Pots

Within the traditional cottage garden, you can expect to see lupins, dianthus, delphiniums, lavender, and campanula, to name a few examples. Nevertheless, a rose’s abundance of large, scented petals that are so neatly tied together will always offer a classically graceful feel. Aside from this variety’s monumentally beautiful appearance, this ‘Giardina‘ climber rose will happily grow in pots; ideally on a sunny patio adorning the front of your home, or arranged around an archway. 

A pretty modern climbing rose, this variety will bear large, pale-pink blooms with delicate petals that increase in vibrancy towards the centre of each flower. Repeat flowering, this rose will display stunning blooms from Summer through to Autumn; gracing your garden with a long-lasting display. Each flower will boast a fresh scent with delicate floral undertones, and will make a stunning cut flower, which will keep for a generous period of time when placed into a vase.

The Best Climbing Plants to Grow in Pots

With Mother’s Day merely a matter of weeks away, this rose variety would prove a wonderfully sentimental gift, that can be appreciated year after year. It can be ordered here

The Urban Garden

The Best Climbing Plants to Grow in Pots

Whether they are  located in London, Bristol, or Manchester, it will never be unusual for urban homes to have smaller-sized gardens, and, when paired with residents who may lead busier lives, ensuring an interesting, flourishing garden can entail an inconvenient compromise on time. 

A climbing plant considered low-maintenance, visually-impactful, and suited to pots, consists of our jasmine climber (Trachelospermum jasminoides).  This jasmine plant will grace your outdoor space with delicate, luminous-white blooms that will release a beautifully sweet and relaxing scent. The shape of each flower somewhat resembles that of a wind spinner, which will form enchanting silhouettes within your garden. Accompanying these blooms is glossy green foliage, which will evolve into a bronze shade during Winter, and as such, you can enjoy elegant seasonal displays with very minimal effort.

The Best Climbing Plants to Grow in Pots

This jasmine plant can be ordered here. 

The Simplistic Garden

The Best Climbing Plants to Grow in Pots

Making floral additions to your garden can necessitate plenty of thinking, specifically, ‘will this work with my other plants?’. If you also live with those who have tastes that differ to your own, you may ponder even more. This is often why a simplistic approach is so convenient. For this theme, we have selected a climbing plant that we believe will satisfy every possible taste.

Clematis is often the first climbing plant that will spring to a gardener’s mind when considering container or pot growing. Even when planted into a very small pot, clematis plants will provide a magnificent flowering display- with the colder months included.  

The Best Climbing Plants to Grow in Pots

This ‘Miss Bateman’ variety of clematis will produce a rosette of large, oval-shaped petals in a crisp-white shade, contrasting beautifully against a delicate yellow and maroon centre. Vigorously-growing, this plant will flower in Summer, and again in early Autumn. They can be ordered through this link

Forming Interesting Arches

The Best Climbing Plants to Grow in Pots

Aside from adding charming structure to your garden, arches are a wonderful means of allowing scents to linger, and varying colours to intersperse with one another. Benefitting from an excellent growing habit, and relishing more sheltered areas, our ‘Blue Passion Flower’ plant is a fitting option for enhancing your garden’s arches or archways.

Displaying maroon, violet and white operculums that delicately rest on large white sepals, passion flowers are arguably one of the most unusually-structured plants around. Hardy, and with a vigorous growing habit, this passion flower will flourish within a pot or container; ideally placed in pairs beside each side of an archway for a subtle, yet highly exotic edge.

The Best Climbing Plants to Grow in Pots

This passion flower plant , which can be ordered here, proudly carries the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘Award of Garden Merit’; affirming its reliable performance, availability, stable form and colour, good constitution, and resistance to pests and diseases.  

The Use of Indoor Climbing Plants

The Best Climbing Plants for Pots

The use of climbing plants need not be confined to the outdoors; the benefits of accommodating climbing plants within your home do not differ from those of house plants. This monstera plant will absorb harmful gases via its leaves and roots, contributing to a healthier environment for you and your loved ones. Studies have additionally linked the presence of indoor plants to reduced stress, enhanced creativity, and also productivity. Interestingly, the latter benefit has been evidenced by the reaction time of employees increasing by 12% when in close proximity to house plants.

One of our favourite climbing plants that will happily grow indoors is our ‘Monkey Leaf Monstera’, which features large, oval-shaped leaves that display unusual perforation, resulting in an appearance comparable to Swiss cheese. This plant will arrive bound to a moss pole, enabling it to form interesting shape within your home. 

The Best Climbing Plants to Grow in Pots

This charming Monstera deliciosa can be purchased through the following link

If you wish to know more surrounding the air-purifying abilities of plants, you can find additional information here