This is a collaborative post.
Enfys is progressing so well at the moment and it’s now apparent that she absolutely loves to explore. She loves colours, textures, smells and sounds. Her world seems to be opening up and it’s fantastic to see. This summer I want to help her develop even further with the addition of a sensory garden in our garden.
I’ve been spending a fair bit of time working out exactly how to incorporate the five senses into our sensory garden. My research means that I’ve created a little plan of what it is I want to do.
Taste has been a difficult one to work out. I don’t particularly want her tasting mud and I get all squeamish about eating fruit straight from the plant (not that it done me any harm as a kid). I have decided that I need to overcome this squeamishness and grow some small fruits in the area that’s going to be the sensory garden. We’ll pop some strawberries, blackberries and other fruits that grow well in pots, in the area and pick them when we want to eat them. I’ll even have a bowl of water ready to wash them. (Okay, so I couldn’t let go of that bit!)
This sense is going to be really easy to incorporate. Thanks to all the other senses we’ll be able to create a beautiful and vibrant area with different colours and shapes. Some beautiful flowers in pots, some painting on the fence. Simple flowering plants will probably work best, I’m partial to Begonias and Hydrangeas. Although any potted plant will add a splash of colour.
Nature is wonderful and our back garden is surrounded by trees so we can always hear the birds tweeting away. We also live next to a railway track and not far from the motorway so there’s plenty of natural every day sounds for Enfys to listen to in the sensory garden. Although, I think the addition of a wind chime or two wouldn’t go amiss, would it?
I’m actually most excited about adding things that are exciting to touch. There’s so much that can excite finger tips that doesn’t cost the earth (no pun intended). For a start, we can create a mud kitchen and a sand pit. Then there’s the addition of flooring. Each square has different texture. In my mind I can imagine real grass, fake grass, patio slab, mud, wood chippings, sand, pebbles… the possibilities are endless.
In the garden it’s really easy to create different scents. There is no end of scented plants that can survive UK weather. Lavender has to be one of my favourites though. I can smell it a mile off. Some herbs are also great for scented experiences.
Do you like the idea of a sensory garden? If it were yours what would you include?