The Golfer Does it Again

You will have realised by now that it is very useful to have a Golfer around the place and we certainly make a good team – I just need to have an idea, decide on a rough design and the Golfer does the rest, give or take a bit of design tweaking during construction. Oh, and I do the painting. Thus we have this made to measure Versailles style planter, purpose built to house the monstrous tree lily that has been emulating Jack’s beanstalk for the last few years. Thinking it might look better with a solid backdrop behind it, the corner of the gable wall that has just been painted was considered just about tall enough to cope with its towering stature. By creating a planter that wraps around the drainpipe and planting a clematis in the same pot to hide the bare stem of the lily, its giraffe-like tendencies will hopefully prove to be less obtrusive than before as attention will be drawn to the feature as a whole. That’s the idea, anyway, but time will tell just how successful the idea is! Oh, and well done to the Golfer of course…

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21 Responses to The Golfer Does it Again

  1. Anna says:

    Well done that man and you too! The planter looks most elegant and no doubt cost less to put together than if it had been a garden centre purchase . I remember that tree lily well – the clematis should do a good job of disguising the long lanky giraffe like neck. Be sure to report back later in the year Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      Will do – when I replanted the lily in its new home there was a shoot emerging so I know it has survived another year of neglect ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. The Golfer outdid himself this time. This will definitely take away the sight of the drain pipe and give the towering lily a chance to really show off. The clematis to enhance the lily stalk is a good idea too. Now let her grow.

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    You are so blessed to have such a handy companion!

  4. Pauline says:

    The golfer has surpassed himself, that is an amazing planter! Maybe he ought to patent the design, everyone will be wanting one!

  5. Oh that is very smart and good idea with the clematis!

  6. J > Wow – very impressed! Such a neat idea – you should patent it!๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. Christina says:

    You are very lucky. My husband may be around a bit more in the future so I hope he might be inspired to start making things too!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I am, although I have to say they wouldn’t be as aesthetically pleasing if I didn’t have the design input ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let’s hope Mr MHG will prove to as practical and accommodating!

  8. Jenny Harris says:

    Looks like a wonderful way to deal with your tall lily tree! I just planted my first of those, hoping it will perform well. I’m also intrigued by your rain barrel set up. Do you have a source that you could share? Thanks!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jenny – the water butt (rain barrel) has standard UK fittings that allow water to be diverted back into the downpipe when the butt is full

  9. rusty duck says:

    Clever. Very clever! The bathroom soil stack may be just about to get a makeover!

    • Cathy says:

      It was lined with plastic, Jessica, so we shall see how that fares over time. It was good that we could have the depth needed for the clematis but keep the distance to the wall to a minimum so as not to impede access along the path

  10. Alison C says:

    This is very clever and nicely made. Such a good idea for covering something you’d rather not see. I’m sure your lily will be very happy. I’m lucky enought to have a handy husband too. No sooner have I said ‘do you think we could…’ than he’s out there building and tweaking. Sometimes design input is a good idea! Hehe.

  11. Chloris says:

    He is a very useful Golfer indeed, the planter is ingenious. And all this for the lily that you are so rude about. I think you secretly admire it.

    • Cathy says:

      Hmm, well I do admire its tenacity, Chloris, and the flowers are very pretty – but there is an awful lot of stalk inbetween! ๐Ÿ˜€

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