30 Days Wild. Days 13- 15. Sound, Wild Flowers in Central London & Flower Colour Treasure Hunt

We have been concentrating on the garden over the last couple of days although the wet weather has prevented us from undertaking much actual gardening.

 

Day 13  Sound Map of the Garden

It’s years since we last created a sound map of the garden. One afternoon about 5.00 pm we just closed our eyes, sat down  & listened. It had rained quite heavily earlier in the afternoon so everything was quite damp.

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To my right a few raindrops were dripping off the Acer tree. The most localised sound was the buzz of a bee in the foxglove next in me. In fact all the foxgloves in the garden see to have a resident bee. The sunny border also had a bee on the geranium and a few buzzing around the cat mint. In the Silver Birch tree in my neighbour’s garden a blackbird was singing its  heart out. Every now & again a gust of wind came across the garden starting in the Oak tree at the back.   All in all it sounded like a tranquil scene, but really there was much going on.

 

Wild Flowers in Central London

Wild Flowers in Central London

 

I think when you see a signpost saying how many miles to central London Hyde Park Corner is the normal reference point. This week I took a trip to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens to see their summer exhibition. I walked to it from Knightsbridge a Tube through Hyde Park. As I entered the Park I came across a patch of wildflowers with ox eyed daisies, red clover and red campion. I was thrilled that I was less than a 5 minutes walk from Hyde Park Corner yet the plot was full of bees, a dragonfly and damsel fly. Well done to the Royal Parks. Can we have some more of this please?

 

Flower Colour Treasure Hunt

 

Have you every played the game where you take out a set of pencils and try and match them with colours from the garden?  I thought I’d play the game with a twist.  I was interested to see how many different shades of colour my flowers were lighting up my garden with. So I picked every flower I could find.

 

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Above here they are drying out.

 

flower colour challenge

 

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I then found every coloured pencil (about 60) in the house to see if I could match the flowers to the pencils. I had great fun creating the colour chart. As you will see I couldn’t match all the subtle shades. Nevertheless I was pleased with my creation. For more accurate matching you would need a detailed colour paint chart or mix your own paint.

We are linking up this post to Country kids at Coombe Mill because this is what we have been. Take a look there to see what others have been up to this week & also search the hashtag #30dayswild.

 

 

 

 

15 Responses to 30 Days Wild. Days 13- 15. Sound, Wild Flowers in Central London & Flower Colour Treasure Hunt

  1. Mommy's Little Princesses June 18, 2016 at 9:45 am #

    I love this its so outside the box and yet so intriguing! How have I never heard of a sound map or matching up the flowers to the colours, it’s fab. Xx #countrykids

    • Lynda2 June 19, 2016 at 8:54 am #

      Thank you for your comments. I am getting lots of feedback on the soundmap.

  2. Coombe Mill - Fiona June 18, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    Another lovely set of ideas for #30daysWild. tbhe sound map is a great idea. I wonder if I could persuade my little ones staying here to sit still long enough to make one of these? I’ll give it a go, I could perhaps provide stickers to use when they hear a sound rather than asking them to draw it. The colour matching makes a very effective piece of artwork, it is surprising how many shades are out in the garden and parks.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Lynda2 June 19, 2016 at 8:53 am #

      Thanks for your positive comments Fiona. I take your point about toddlers drawing the sound map perhaps their parents/carers could do it for them. Or they could do a simple lego model (small yellow brick for a bee etc) #countrykids

  3. Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too June 18, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    I love the idea of the flower colour treasure hunt, something I must do with the children

    • Lynda2 June 19, 2016 at 8:50 am #

      Flower colour treasure hunt highly recommended We have played a matching game when out walking as well.

  4. Sarah - Craft Invaders June 18, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    Love the sound map – what a fab idea, and the flower colour treasure hunt looks beautiful too, a great way to make yourslef really look at the different shades in the garden :)

    • Lynda2 June 19, 2016 at 8:49 am #

      Thanks for your comments Sarah

  5. Samantha Free June 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    I love the idea of matching up different colours of flowers, and it looks so pretty!

  6. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk) June 20, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    Aww such nice new ways to enjoy the outdoors isnt it? I so love the last photo. Capturing colours of nature we are going to try that one =) #countrykids

    • Lynda2 June 23, 2016 at 8:49 am #

      Thanks for your comments Merlinda

  7. Cal at Family Makes June 21, 2016 at 10:58 pm #

    We are doing 30 days wild too, it’s a lovely concept. I absolutely love the idea of making a sound map, I’m definitely going to do this with my kids, and I also adore the flower colour treasure hunt – something else we really must try. Great inspiration, thank you #CountryKids

    • Lynda2 June 23, 2016 at 8:52 am #

      Thanks for your comments CAL and your follow on twitter. Lynda

  8. Cat June 22, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    It’s just so pretty! I’m a huge fan of rainbows so this kind of activity is right up my street, though I may have to go further afield to find as many colours as that. We currently have lots of pinks and purples but I’m a novice gardener!
    #CountryKids :)

    • Lynda2 June 23, 2016 at 8:51 am #

      Thanks Cat. The yellow flowers were a poppy (v easy to grow) and buttercup which self-seeded so you should find yellow flowers this time of year.