The Bottomless Pot

DSCN1019-001Rather than go and buy the outstanding number of paviors to complete yesterday’s task I have rambled around the garden a few times today trying to find creative alternatives. We have a few surplus slab oddments and some of the nice blue brick Victorian bricks with the diamond pattern, all taken up during last year’s work, so I could probably replace enough of the paviors elsewhere to re-use them here (or I could extend the hedge border a little further, which would give more space for s*******s – no perhaps not, not this year anyway). Re-using, recycling and finding uses for otherwise unwanted items are important to me, so a few more rambles and I will have come up with the preferred solution, I am sure.

Before I started the task yesterday, I resettled rambling rose ‘Rose-Marie Viaud’, shown right. It had been planted in this pot and placed at the back of the shed a few years ago, with the intention that it would clamber over the roof – instead it sat and sulked, doing nothing until it was moved last year to make way for the shed extension when it rewarded us with beautiful fresh green bristly shoots, arching skywards. Clearly liking its temporary home, I decided to replant it where it now was, but faced with a mass of root from the ivy and the cherry tree the ivy was climbing into I thought it would have a better chance staying in the pot. It may not look it, but the pot is actually a not-unattractive dense plastic, so we cut the bottom off and I sunk the pot into the ground. Hopefully we shall see the rich purple semi-double flowers for the first time this coming summer.

With temperatures in the 2-4°C range all day today I only managed an hour or so in the garden this afternoon before my fingers felt numb, but I managed to clear all the pots and compost bags and such that there hanging around, as well as clearing much of the greenhouse, all jobs I wanted to get out of the way before prolonged cold or snowy spells, if we have them, although I believe the likelihood of snow has receded here.

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5 Responses to The Bottomless Pot

  1. paulinemulligan says:

    Your bottomless pot is a good idea, it certainly worked with some lilies of mine. I placed the pot in the border and then at the end of summer meant to plant them in situ but they had rooted through the bottom, Every year now they flower ever so well, I suppose the bulbs get the drainage they require in the light potting compost and the roots get the moisture etc they need from our wet clay!! We’re both happy, hope your rose is too!

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  4. Roxann K Huffman says:

    I wish they sold more attractive bottomless pots.

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