They’re an optimistic bunch, the Center Parcs PR team. When I became a member of the Tots100 Center Parcs Blogger family they warned me that I’d need to participate in some of their monthly challenges.
“Don’t worry!” they said. “They’ll be fun!” they said. “Nothing too taxing, just stuff you’d be doing anyway…”
To be fair, the subjects have not been too bad so far. We’ve shared our favourite pancake recipes and been asked to get creative with chocolate. Quite fun, not too taxing. However, this month it’s all changed…
This month a little envelope dropped through my front door. Inside the envelope was a packet of sunflower seeds. Apparently the April challenge is to get growing. It is finally starting to feel like Spring is here, and now is the time to start planting things. Apparently.
There’s just one problem.
I don’t DO gardening.
It is one area where I am a disappointment to my mother. She is a very keen gardener and spends hours either in her garden or at the allotment. She knows the Latin names for everything, can rattle off care instructions like there’s no tomorrow, has designed beautiful gardens for each house she’s lived in since I was born. Unfortunately, despite significant efforts on her part, I have neither inherited her green fingers, nor been able to learn the arcane art from her.
I kill indoor plants, with the exception of Spider plants, which I managed to breed more than I killed until we got cats who started eating them so I had to get rid of them all.
I still can’t tell the difference between plants and weeds in my garden. I kill both with impunity!
I have in the past been quite good at cutting the grass until the unfortunate incident with the frog shortly after we moved into the house, and since then I’ve paid someone else to do it for me.
Every single time I’ve tried to grow cress with the geekdaughter it has died before we could eat it. Even the time that she brought home some almost-fully-grown cress from nursery!
Last year we tried planting sunflower seeds. With a lot of help from my Mum we managed to persuade about half of the seeds we planted to grow into very sickly looking sunflower plants. When it came time to plant them outside my Mum took one look at them and declared them not healthy enough to survive outside. At this point she revealed that she’d also been growing some at home, “just in case” mine didn’t work out.
We planted hers. In her garden. They grew beautifully. Obviously.
So thank you Center Parcs for the sunflower seeds. I’m going to do the only sensible thing in this situation – give them to my mother and see if she will grow them for me again!
The Center Parcs team are still looking for bloggers to join their family – if you join in with this month’s challenge you could win yourself a spot. All details are available on the Tots100 website, but you’ll need to be quick as it closes at the end of the month.
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Disclosure: I am a member of the Center Parcs family blogger club, and over the course of the year will be sharing our attempts to join in with the monthly challenges being set. I will be receiving a complimentary short break at a Center Parcs resort later this year. I was sent a packet of sunflower seeds to help inspire me to write this blog post.