Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Using What I Have to Make What I Want: Hanging Basket


I love my big wrap-around front porch and this time of the year, it just begs for hanging baskets.  

So, I looked around at what I had on hand and came up with the basket you see in the picture.

I took ivy from another pot that had wintered over and some trailing variegated vinca from yet another pot that was coming up after it's winter sleep and combined them into this hanging basket. I already had the pot and soil on hand from last year.  

I'm thinking I might add some color by planting some 'blooming' flower seeds among the greenery, what do you thing?

The basket is nice and full and it didn't cost me anything. 

I'm very pleased with the way it turned out and thus far, it is doing really well.


patsi
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16 comments:

  1. I love that you used what you had already on hand!!! To me, that always gives me an even greater sense of accomplishment because I feel like I've been a wise steward/recycler/upcycler, etc! It looks great and ready to welcome Spring! Well done!!

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  2. It's beautiful! People didn't used to go buy flats and pots of ready made plants at Lowes. They did what you did, seeds, reusing indoor plants outside, trading starts with neighbors.
    I am so inspired by doings like this, good job!

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    1. Rhonda, you're right and I have to admit that there is a big part of me that is enjoying being forced to think like people used to in order to have pretty things!

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  3. Nasturtiums would grow fast and look good.

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    1. They would wouldn't they Penny, I'll see if I have any in my seeds. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  4. I love the basket. I think the challenge with planting seeds would be that they could come up without being too shaded and overwhelmed by the ivy, etc. The nasturtiums are a great idea. They might be big and strong enough to overcome the bigger plants. Otherwise, you might be able to plant seeds in a smaller container and then transplant them in there when they get big enough. I think some color would be nice, but it would have a lovely look of its own if it stayed green, too, if that didn't work out.

    I love all of these tips. I know that we are quickly reaching the place where I am going to need to use every one of them to fix up whatever house we are able to get. Our budget is going to be extremely frugal, to put it mildly, because we expect to sink every cent we have into the house we buy and not have a mortgage. We expect that the house will be the kind where it says "bring a hammer," or "fixer-upper" or some other such term, because that's what we expect to be able to afford. We will need to use any spare funds to fix it up--at least that's the plan.

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    1. beckyathome, you need to see a picture of our house when we purchased it and moved it onto our land. It was just a shell, holes in the roof and holes in the floor. It had just the studs for the walls, but it was cheap and affordable and we've turned it into a right nice little home for us. We're still not through with all the renovations, it is still a work in progress ... but the best part is that it is mortgage free!

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  5. Patsy,
    You did a beautiful job with what you had it is a very pretty basket! My suggestion is if you see some pretty wildflowers you could dig some up to put in your basket as well for the blooming color. I do have to admit I have an aunt and uncle that have a greenhouse/nursery so I get a lot of things free from them or we barter. One year I bartered cleaning products with my aunt and brought home 40 pots of Mums! LOL
    Blessings,
    Vicky

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  6. Just love that hanging pot. On my veranda I have four hanging pots with bromeliads in them. They have taken a couple of years to mature and are now begininning to chandelier.
    Today hubby did his rubbish tip recycle centre trip. He came home with four large pool filter drums. These are about 44 gallon drum size. The tops have been cut off and these will be used to plant shallow rooted veges in. The bottoms will go up the side of the house where the sun beats down, overheating the house. These will be filled with soil and planted out with clumping palms and some pomegranate trees to try and shelter the house. The pool filter drum are quite large. A pot this size would have cost $60-$70. So a great saving. It's not using what we have but it is using something that has been disposed of and has now been re thought into a useful object once more.

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    1. Jane Allan, I would love to have some of those 44 gallon drums! Nice score!!!!

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  7. That's what I like to see, a great reuse of the pot Patsy, the plant display looks lovely :)

    xTania

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    1. Tania, thank you! I always save my pots from year to year ... waste not, want not!

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  8. Dear Patsy, Ivy looks lovely in hanging pots. I think you will have all your baskets filled in no time! With love Annabelxxx

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    1. Annabel, I have two done and only 5 more to go!!!!

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