Friday, 24 October 2008

The Sock's First Garden


Somebody in blogland was talking about their first garden and with yet another pang of nostalgia the Sock suddenly remembered hers. It was a toy called Floral Miniature Garden - the post war plastic range not the pre-war metal one, the Sock isn't THAT old. Many happy hours could be spent plugging tiny tulips and daffodils or even little standard roses into the holes in the plastic borders. How fashions change - would an updated kit contain an insect hotel, grasses and sustainable planting schemes, a barbeque?

The Sock had the shed, walls, various lawns and borders, some trellis bits, various bushes and flowers but best of all the pond with surrounding rockery! Don't remember any of the figures though. Hmmm... come to think of it the Sock didn't have the greenhouse and sadly still doesn't have a greenhouse!

Looks like these are now collectors items - if only the Demented Munchkin hadn't cleared her attic and thrown out all the Socks nicely kept toys!

13 comments:

R. Pete Free said...

Oh I want this! I love the fact that the lawns come pre-striped! I think they have some of the metal set in the Museum of Garden History (or the Garden Museum as we must now call it)

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Oh my goodness - this takes me back - I loved mine. The crazy paving paths, sticking the heads on the flower stalks and then "planting them" with the little planter.
The rockery and the pond - (sigh)
I didn't have a shed though - lucky you.
K

James said...

We had one of those as well, I had completely forgotten. I especially remember the roller and the weeping willow. Now I feel frightfully old.

granro said...

Well, you are! We all are, as I had one too! - and had completely forgotten it, and the rage I felt when my sister stole my flowers to make her garden look nicer than mine...

Fat Rascal said...

Same story -had one, played with it for hours, mum gave it to a jumble sale ...

If it was a prediction of the future then I decided the striped lawn was too small so dad stuck some green felt to a board so I had a BIG garden!

I had the pond, no greenhouse but I did have a swing seat which was so posh!

Why don't they bring it back? They could update it and I'd buy it all again and play with it!

Arabella Sock said...

James got a roller and Fat Rascal got the posh swing seat!!! I'd have swapped my shed for either of those.

Granro when people say they feel frightfully old the correct response is "How could anyone with a soul as young as yours ever be considered old?" That way you stop them from ever fishing for compliments again!

I was just thinking the same Fat Rascal - I would buy one to play with now. So much better than all these computer design programs. I really enjoyed making a cardboard scale model of my garden (complete with pondlet and shed) when I designed it and it gave me a much better idea of exactly how things would look.

Still Have It said...

Ha ha! I still have greenhouse, cold frame, swing seat, roller, wheelbarrow, lawn mower, crazy paving, pond, tree, and more.................

VP said...

Looks like I had a deprived childhood.

I had the farm set instead.

granro said...

My younger sister had that.

I would buy one too. I can remember the path, red with wite lines, so clearly.

My parents also bought us a Betta Builda house, which was a big mistake as Lego took off, but they were trying to Buy British, apparently. I have never forgiven them as I never got the extension I was promised.

Sorry for saying you were old, James. You most certainly don't look or act it. Nor does the Sock.

Arabella Sock said...

Ahem... Still have it.. so when are we all invited round to play?

emmat said...
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emmat said...

Sorry don't know what happened there.

I trump you all as I have the kind of seventies big spender parents whose idea of a Christmas treat was buying me (from an antiques shop in Bath) the entire prewar thing made out of lead.

Anyone who wants to arrange separate boughs of unclassifiable flowers into tiny lead holes is invited round any time. Actually maybe the Garden Museum would like a complete set?

HappyMouffetard said...

VP, I was deprived, too.
Ahhh, the days of toys being made with lovely safe lead....