It started with strawberries. Once Martha realised that strawberries could be grown she never looked back.
It was no time until she was looking after her own plants.
Here she is wheeling bedding plants to her own little plot.
With a little bit of guidance from Bert she was soon on her way to becoming a horticulturist.
She has always been very conscientious about watering.
Here she is watering her beloved strawberries.
She soon outgrew the miniature pink rake although I still use it to level my raised beds.
Our young gardener has recently become very interested in trees. Here she is watering an oak tree that we inherited from Martha's great-grandmother Martha. It has since been planted in our wood. Martha has her eye on the hundreds of beech seedlings that have sprung up under our trees and wants to plant her own wood.
Inspecting the plants for pests.
A day off gardening. Martha checking out the Spring bedding in the Palm House in Belfast.
Planting perennials while little sister looks on and learns.
So, it was very little wonder that Martha enjoyed talking to the community gardeners this afternoon. She took one of them to see her pond and showed him her most recent addition to the garden and when he asked her what it was she answered "Lithodora 'Heavenly Blue'." I believe he was impressed. She then presented him with one of her beech trees which he graciously accepted. No matter that he too was surrounded by beeches, sure one more would do no harm.
Her next project? A fairy house. We'll keep you all posted.