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Planting a rainbow for real

Posted on | April 2, 2012 | 5 Comments

Way back in 2009, during that very first week I ever blogged about picture books and play, I wrote about Lois Ehlert’s Planting a Rainbow. It may have taken me a couple of years, but finally we got round to planting our own rainbow in honour of Ehlert’s beautiful, vibrant book.

Six months ago we spent a sunny afternoon planting Hope (isn’t that what gardening is really all about?). We went to the garden centre and chose bags of bulbs with flowers in colours as near to the rainbow spread as possible, and which were all meant to bloom around March/April time. Our approach was pragmatic rather than super scientific.

Once home, the girls laid the bulbs out in a rainbow arc..

And then covered them up.

To help keep Hope alive, we marked our rainbow in two ways. The girls used acrylic paints to brighten up stones they’d found whilst planting their bulbs. They also made markers using bamboo sticks and Sharpies (permanent pens).

And now April is here and our rainbow looks like this…

Um…. not quite the rainbow we perhaps had in our minds’ eye when we planted it, but no less beautiful for all that!

Have you ever planted a rainbow? Have you had more success? What tips do you have?

I’m without any internet connection at the moment (this was a scheduled post), so please, if you leave a comment, know that I appreciate it and will reply as soon as I can be online again! I can assure you, you won’t have to wait as long as I have to publish this post (considering I started planning it back last September ;-)).

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5 Responses to “Planting a rainbow for real”

  1. Jen
    April 2nd, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    How gorgeous is your rainbow garden???

    I hope that your being offline means you are off in Fuji or something having a grand old time1
    Jen recently posted..Have You Ever Seen A Duck in A Raincoat?

  2. Tasha
    April 2nd, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    Oh wow! This is such a gorgeous idea. I will definitely be doing this next year with Milo I think. He is so keen on all things gardening and this would absolutely inspire him. :)
    Tasha recently posted..Do you have a middle name?

  3. Barbara
    April 3rd, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    I’ve never planted a rainbow, but I just might now. Such a lovely idea.
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  4. Maeve
    April 4th, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Beautiful. What a great idea.
    Maeve recently posted..Book Review: The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

  5. Zoe
    April 9th, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Thank you Maeve, Barbara, Tasha and Jen – do give planting a rainbow a go – it was so easy once I’d decided not to be perfectionist about it and the kids have loved it all!
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