Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I have seen these tumbling pots in magazines and blogs from time to time, the latest being in KeeWees garden, having got a number of terracotta pots from one of my daughters who was clearing out her shed I decided to give it a go!They look stunning when the flowers have settled in, I had toyed with the idea of putting in strawberry plants which would also look great but having grandchildren around I don't think I would have a lot of strawberries from it!
You need terracotta pots with one central drainage hole and in different sizes. First I had to go to B&Q to get the metal rod to support the pots, I also got the pansies there. Place the pot where you intend to leave it permanently as it cannot be moved easily once completed.Place the rod through the drainage hole and fill the pot with compost, it is easier to fill each pot as you go and firm down well.
Slide the second pot onto the rod through the hole, this one will rest partly on the compost as well.Slide the remainder of the pots on in the same way, filling each with compost as you go which helps to stabilize the tower, each pot balances on the rim of the previous one, fill with plants of your choice and there you have a nice focal point when the plants settle in and spread out.I had thought of trailing plants but I think the effect of the tumbling pots would be hidden under them.
I also refilled this pot, it has had a half dead tree in it for the past two years! One of my daughters is getting married in August so the garden is getting a much needed tidy up as it was neglected last year in favour of the allotment.I emptied out the old compost into the garden and refilled, the main flower is Sinnetti,I thought it was a cape daisy until I read the label.The name of the 2 smaller ones escape me now but they should grow over and down the side of the pot. I don't buy plants by name I buy if I like the colour and shape.
More donated pots! The top terracotta pot is long and tapering so I set it into the bigger tub and filled in the compost around it to secure it. I have put my spider plant outside in the mini greenhouse to harden off and that is going in the top pot, I will fill in around it then with annuals to give a cascading effect. I have always had spider plants as indoor greenery but I have seen them grown outside lately and in a sheltered spot they look great, giving a touch of a tropical look!