Winnie-the-Pooh Garden

Winnie-the-Pooh Garden

One of my favorite memories from when my kids were little, is reading aloud to them Winnie-the-Pooh. I tried to time it just right so that on their sixth birthday we would begin, Now We Are Six. So, usually around four we would start with When We Were Very Young. We would read a little Pooh and then whatever else they had chosen, Amelia Bedelia or Incredible Ned or whatever the flavor of the day happened to be. But we would start and end with a chapter of Milne.

There is wisdom to be found in these little books. Only scratch the surface to find a treasure trove of ideologically solid principles on which to hang your hat.

Why not start a new tradition this year. Read the books and grow a garden! You could make a Hundred Acre Wood sign and off you could go. Here’s the ideas I had after just a little thought.

I’m thinking a garden in seven sections or rows.: Pooh (of course), Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, and Tigger, Christopher Robin and Roo.

Pooh

Honey! Of course! (Or as Pooh would say, “Hunny”) Here are some great ideas for honey plants. I would emphasize that bees make the honey so we would plant things that the bees will love to make honey with. There are also several plants that have Honey in the name that would be fun.

Annuals: Marigolds, Sunflowers (always fun for kids and grownups alike), Poppies and Zinnias

Fruit: Blueberries (Can be grown in containers easily), Ground Cherries, Sunberries (also called Wonderberries), If you have the room there is a berry called appropriately enough, Honeyberry. It is similar to a blueberry in taste but is much larger. This would be a great addition to a Winnie garden.

Herbs: Borage, Thyme (a bee favorite), Bee Balm (obviously), Lavender, Fennel, Cilantro, and Rosemary

Shrubs: Honeysuckle, Butterfly bush

Tomatoes: Pink Honey tomato (These are said to taste of honey)

Others: Honeydew melon

Piglet (Be sure to see the end for Piglet soup)

I think Pink things for Piglet. He is a very pretty pink.

In the garden this would translate to:

Flowers: Rose Cactus Zinnias (very fun for kids and bright pink), Pink Ladies Slipper, Dianthus to name a few

Tomatoes: Ferris Wheel, Pearly Pink, Flamingo all are pretty pink colors, and the Pearly pinks are bit size for kids

Pink Bananas (for those of you with the room)

Rabbit

Hands down the easiest to find garden things for = )

Here’s some things to try:

Greens: Tom Thumb Lettuce, Super Dwarf Pak Choi, Chervil, Red Romaine, Parsley (try the Parsley root variety, you use the tops for salads and the root is like a potato when it’s roasted and mashed)

Carrots: There are dozens of fun kids carrots, here are a few of my favorites. Tonda di Parigi I always tell parents that are interested in gardening with kids this is a must have seed. Why? Because it grows fast, it is a carrot that is almost completely round which kids love. Also, the parents lament, how to get them to eat their veggies? Not a problem with these round gems. It’s not instant gratification, but it’s close to it. Just be sure to sow a six or so each week so you’ll have a steady supply. Do the same with the Tom Thumb lettuce and Pak Choi.

White Wonder carrots are also fun and of course there are purple carrots that are exciting as well, Atomic red and cosmic purple.

Some radishes you might try: French Breakfast Radish, Spanish Black, Philadelphia White Box, Or try some of the Chinese or Daikon varieties, Chinese Red Meat, Helios, Myashige Daikon

Eeyore(Thanks for noticing)

I picked two categories for Eeyore, gray or silver foliage and plants having to do with melancholy either to stave it off or having it in the name.

Gray or Silver

Sage, Thyme has a grayish green leaf, Lavender if you haven’t already used it, Mugwort (which is a kind of artemsia) and Catmint (has silver foliage and bright purple flowers)

Melancholy or Anti-Melancholy plants

Fun flowering kinds are St. Johns Wort and Echinacea, Lemon Balm, Valerian. Baby’s Tears is a pretty potted plant you could put in the Eeyore section as well.

Christopher Robin

I just tried to think of what do little boys like for this section. I have three boys ages 8, 14, and 20. I’ve been “doing” the boy thing for a while now. If you have a boy you’re planting with a boy, ask him what he would like to have, he’s bound to have something he’ll want. Here are a few suggestions my boy gave.

Toadflax or Baby Snapdragon (This grows as a wild flower in some places) You can also get seeds here.

This may also be where you want to focus your garden art. A small bridge, A board with the name Mr. Sanders painted on it (the name over Pooh’s door)

Tigger

T I double grr er!

Everything orange here. Carrots (if you haven’t already or again if you wouldn’t mind) There is an adorable melon called a Tigger melon. You’ll need a trellis or enough room to let the little guys spread out, but they’re worth it. You can also plant some Jack-B-Little pumpkins with the melon, let them both hang out together. They are adorable and make good pies or cookies and bread.

There’s a fun semi hot pepper called Tequila Sunrise that is a beautiful orange. It’s super easy to grow and a very pretty plant.

Other Pooh things to think about…

Many of the stories involved or included a balloon in some way or another. You might consider putting in some balloon flowers or a ┬áChinese Lantern (they have red “balloon” type flowers).

Fun Activities and things to make or do (or eat)

Pooh Sticks: We play pooh sticks a lot. Although it was played dropping the sticks from a bridge, you could also play after a rain in the gutters, just have a clearly defined “finish” line.

Make your own Cottleston Pie. (It’s not a thing, so you can make it whatever your family likes) We decided it would be strawberry, blueberry and blackberry pie one year. This year Paddy decided it is going to be Sunberry pie. Even more fun to make these in muffin pans as tarts.

Finally, my son changed the name of this “soup” of sorts to Piglet soup because of it’s color. It does not have pig in it (or any other animal for that matter) it’s a desert not a dinner, but it is fun in the summer to cool things down. Hope you enjoy this recipe. I just thought it would be super fun to serve this soup in Tigger Melon bowls…I’m going to do that this year!

 

Piglet Soup

 

  • 2 cups of pure orange juice
  • 1 cup of pure white grape juice
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of cranberry or raspberry juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 kiwis
  • Blueberries
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Cut grapes

 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, pour in the orange, grape and cranberry or raspberry juices.
  2. Add the yogurt, honey (if desired) and fresh lemon juice into the large mixing bowl and whisk until blended.
  3. Put several slices of banana and kiwi or strawberries into each bowl.
  4. Add in the cut grapes and blueberries.
  5. Pour 1/2 cup yogurt-juice mixture on top of the fruit and enjoy the soup!
  6. Although most of you might already know this, please do not add honey to recipes that will be served to children under the age of 2.
  7. If you haven’t already noticed, this is really a fruit salad of sorts with a yogurt dressing colored by the cranberry juice to make it bright pink. It is super fun though

 

Please take a moment to read this very interesting short story that one intelligent girl turned in for a class having to do with The Tao of Winnie the Pooh (that’s a real book, really studied by real students)! It was perfect for this blog because of it’s gardening emphasis.

This is the poem Cottleston Pie by Alan Alexander Milne

Cottleston Pie

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
Why does a chicken? I don’t know why.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
A fish can’t whistle and neither can I.
Ask me a riddle and I reply
Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

 

 

 

 

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