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Planting a winter pot

There's a host of potential plant containers to be found by rummaging through salvage and reclamation yards, especially those with an agricultural theme.


Season:
Winter


Location:
UK


Credits:
GAP Photos/Nicola Stocken


Feature No:   2825 

Qty of Images:    18 

 



 
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Synopsis
Quite apart from being fun, it's very satisfying to create homemade containers that are not only unique, but also cost little. This old copper bucket was unearthed in a charity sale at the village hall, and with each passing year it spends outside, its verdigris patina improves. To convert it into an ideal plant container, all that was needed was to drill drainage holes in the base, before covering with a two-centimetre-layer of gravel beneath the compost. Planted in late autumn, this container is underplanted with daffodil bulbs, to provide the final flush of colour in early spring. The container is carefully planned to allow for the slotting in of a succession of central plants, each one replaced once past its best. Initially, with the festive season just round the corner, there is the orange-berried Solanum pseudocapsicum, the Christmas cherry, followed by Helleborus niger 'Christmas Carol'. Come new year, and it's the turn of a pink ornamental cabbage or the long-lasting Skimmia japonica to take central stage.

 

 

 
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