But we quite like January. It has its highlights; snow, sunny days with clear blue skies and the fact that you can hibernate without guilt after 4pm because it’s getting dark.
In fact the only problem I have with January is finding indoor activities for school gardening club when we can’t go outside because a) snow is covering the ground, or b) it’s raining, or c) it’s icy.
The “emergency indoor gardening list” has gradually expanded over the years and includes
- making seed packets for seed saved from the garden
- painting plant pots
- constructing grass heads (see header photo)
And the latest addition to the list is turning pebbles into ladybirds to use as decorations for the garden. If you’re crafty you can even sneak in some educational bits without anyone realising – ladybird anatomy and the useful role of ladybirds in the garden.
Read on for step-by-step instructions.
You will need:
And when the paint on the head has dried:
If you like, you can paint the underside of your ladybird once the top is completely dry.
The Field Studies Council publishes a leaflet on ladybirds found in the British Isles, which is really good value – see here for details. You can see this in the background of the photograph of ‘materials needed’ above.