It is no secret that on top of being a fashion icon, patron of numerous charities, full time royal and mummy, Kate is also a domestic goddess. We love our Cooking with Catherine series, which lets you cook recipes inspired and favoured by Kate. We also talked about the other ways she is a modern glamorous homemaker. We’ve roasted chickens and made jam and even tried knitting, so the next project we wanted to tackle is gardening.
The gardens at Kensington Palace
So, our gardens will probably never look like that. In fact, Kate’s personal garden probably doesn’t even look that good. Apartment 1A boasts a small courtyard garden, perfect for a few flowers, some herbs, and maybe even a potato crop. Kate likely tends to the plants on her time off, while George rolls around on a blanket nearby. Sigh. How cute is that?
Returning to our WWKD project, I wanted to get a little taste of gardening. I’ve never grown anything from seeds before, except maybe a bean sprout in Kindergarten, and I knew I had to start small. I wanted something that reminded me of Kate and the wonderful memories we’ve shared together. So, I decided to grow Sweet William. You might recognize the name – the delicate blooms were featured in Kate’s wedding bouquet.
Our goal is to start with a seed and end up with a bouquet of flowers. Here are the steps we are taking, and we hope you try gardening with us, too!
- I went to Wal-Mart and purchased a seed packet of Sweet William. The seeds are assorted, so my flowers may be white, pink or red. I also purchased three small clay pots to begin with and a small bag of potting soil (the total for this project was around $3!)
- I filled the pots about halfway with soil and added three small seeds to each (I used a total of 9 seeds – not all of them will grow into large flowering plants!). Then, I filled the pots with potting soil until they were just about filled (but not quite!)
3. I set the pots in a sunny window and watered them with Evian (not necessary, but it was the closest water I had…)